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Pirates Looking At Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino

Jul 27, 2015 7:33 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have considered trading for Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox.

Napoli has struggled offensively, but could be a nice addition defensively at first base for the Pirates.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Gerrit Cole Becomes Majors' First 14-Game Winner

Jul 27, 2015 12:40 AM

Gerrit Cole became the majors' first 14-game winner, leading the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Sunday, according to an Yahoo.com report.

Cole (14-4) allowed one run and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings while improving to 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in four July starts. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Pittsburgh Working On Trade For Reliever

Jul 23, 2015 8:46 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are working on a trade to bolster their bullpen.

Pittsburgh acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday afternoon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Acquire Aramis Ramirez

Jul 23, 2015 8:43 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios and cash considerations.

Pittsburgh will reportedly pay $3 million of the $5.74 million that remains on Ramirez's $14 million salary.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Showing Interest In Zobrist, Barmes, Pennington

Jul 21, 2015 4:43 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have expressed interest in acquiring Ben Zobrist, Clint Barmes and Cliff Pennington with Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer sidelined.

Since coming off the disabled list on May 26, Zobrist is hitting .264/.358/.429 in 190 plate appearances for the Oakland Athletics.

Zobrist, Barmes and Pennington will all hit the free agent market after the season.

Barmes spent time with the Pirates from 2012 to 2014.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates' Jordy Mercer Carted Off Field

Jul 19, 2015 5:23 PM

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was carted off the field Sunday after a collision with the Brewers' Carlos Gomez, who was attempting to break up a double play.

The players collided in the second inning when Mercer was in front of the second base bag, attempting to tag Gomez, whose right knee appeared to make contact with Mercer's left knee.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Liriano Scratched With Neck Tightness

Jul 18, 2015 7:40 PM

Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano was scratched minutes before the start of Saturday night's game against the Brewers due to neck tightness.

Vance Worley was named his replacement.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Option Wilfredo Boscan To Triple-A

Jul 13, 2015 12:17 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates today optioned right-handed pitcher Wilfredo Boscan to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Pirates will make a corresponding move on their 25-man active roster prior to their series Friday night at Milwaukee. 

Press Release

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Could Add Talent Prior To Deadline

Jul 10, 2015 7:31 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates could add to their Major League roster this month in the wake of Josh Harrison's thumb injury, according to Clint Hurdle.

Harrison is expected to miss seven weeks with a torn ligament.

Hurdle says the Pirates could be "aggressive with early opportunity to add" in July.

Tom Singer/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM


Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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Gerrit Cole Records Major League-Best 12th Win
Gerrit Cole allowed three runs and five hits in eight innings on Sunday.


Pirates Claim Travis Ishikawa Off Waivers From Giants
This will be Travis Ishikawa's second stint with the Pirates,

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Victor Martinez Has 'No Respect' For Pirates
Victor Martinez specifically named Gerrit Cole, who hit him with a fastball in the ribs an inning after Justin Verlander plunked Starling Marte.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Justin Verlander Expected To Make Next Start
Justin Verlander was scratched from his last start due to back stiffness.


Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter Against Pirates
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer lost his chance at a perfect game by hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch with two outs in the ninth inning on Saturday.


Adjustment To Back Foot Has Turned Around McCutchen's Season
Andrew McCutchen struggled early this season, but has turned things around drastically as of late.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Pirates Committed To 'Now And The Future' In Trade Market
As has been the case in recent seasons, the Pirates will approach the trade deadline with an eye on both winning this fall and remaining in contention over the long-term.

David Manel/Bucs Dugout

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Pirates Keeping Jeff Locke In Rotation
Jeff Locke has a 5.34 ERA after another rough outing, but the Pirates will remain patient with the 27-year-old left-hander.

Tom Singer/MLB

Pedro Alvarez's HR Lands In Allegheny River
Pedro Alvarez hit a home run out of PNC Park on Tuesday night.

Adam Berry/MLB

McCutchen: Knee 'Not A Factor At All' In Slow Start
Andrew McCutchen, who was the NL MVP in 2013, is hitting .229/.314/.373.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Pirates Think Josh Harrison Is Pressing Following Extension
Josh Harrison, 27, is hitting .173/.209/.282 with two home runs and six RBI after a breakout 2014 season that saw him hit .315/.347/.490 in 550 plate appearances.

Paul Zeise/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates Acquire Jayson Aquino From Jays For Cash
The Pirates acquired pitcher Jayson Aquino from the Jays on Sunday and optioned him to Single-A Bradenton.

Press Release

McCutchen Has Had Similarly Poor Stretches Before
Andrew McCutchen, who is hitting .210/.302/.320 in his first 26 games, has had rough 26-game stretches in his Major League career.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

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