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M's Acquire Bullpen Help In Trades With Pirates, Jays

Aug 6, 2016 6:54 PM

The Seattle Mariners bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from Pittsburgh and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte from Toronto in a pair of trades Saturday.

Both deals Seattle made were for players to be named later. Seattle will be sending two players to Pittsburgh for Caminero and one to Toronto for Venditte. The Mariners announced Venditte would report to Triple-A Tacoma, while Caminero will report to Seattle.


Tags: Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Pirates Sitting Slumping Andrew McCutchen For Three Games

Aug 4, 2016 7:23 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting Andrew McCutchen from Tuesday through Thursday in hopes that the rest will help him battle out of a slump.

McCutchen says he's OK with Clint Hurdle's decision even if he doesn't agree with it.

"I have to first address myself before I can think about addressing anything else," McCutchen said. "I know if I was going out and playing the best ball that I know I can play that I wouldn't be in this position.

"They wouldn't be in the position of having to make those decisions, either."

In 97 games this year, McCutchen has a .241 average and is on pace for a career high in strikeouts.

Hurdle made the decision after watching the outfielder go 1-for-12 in a three-game series last weekend at Milwaukee.

"He's tried a lot of things," Hurdle said. "This man's fought, shown up, done early work, late work, side work, video work. In situations like this where I've seen it happen with good players, you just unplug 'em. The manager's got to do it. I'm just asking him to sign off on it.

"He obviously has a lot of fight in him and wants to continue. But it's like hitting refresh button."

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pirates Land Ivan Nova From Yankees For PTBNL

Aug 1, 2016 4:36 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates will acquire Ivan Nova from the New York Yankees for a player to be named later.

Nova, 29, has a 4.90 ERA, 5.09 FIP and 75 strikeouts in 97.1 innings this season.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Tags: New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Trade Rumor

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Nats Acquire Closer Mark Melancon From Pirates

Jul 30, 2016 6:03 PM

The Washington Nationals found a reliable pitcher for the ninth inning, acquiring All-Star closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Washington sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates for Melancon, who supplants struggling Jonathan Papelbon as Washington's closer. 


Tags: Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Nationals Have Inquired About Mark Melancon

Jul 29, 2016 1:46 PM

The Washington Nationals and a number of other clubs have inquired with the Pittsburgh Pirates about Mark Melancon.

Washington is known to be looking for a late-inning reliever. Jonathan Papelbon has allowed seven earned runs over his last three appearances.

Melancon is earning $9.6 million in the final year of his contract. He has a 1.51 ERA in 41 2/3 innings this season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Eyeing Trade For Jeanmar Gomez

Jul 21, 2016 7:09 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez.

Gomez, 28, owns a 2.76 ERA and has converted 26 of his 29 save opportunities this season. He played two seasons with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, making 78 appearances (eight starts) with a 3.28 ERA.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Trade Rumor

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Jameson Taillon 'Doing Well' After Line Drive To Head

Jul 21, 2016 6:53 AM

Jameson Taillon is doing well after he was hit in the back of the head with a line drive that left the bat at 105 mph on Tuesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates' athletic trainer said the point of impact was the logo on the back of Taillon's cap.

"I've been in baseball 18 years -- 10 in the majors -- and it's the first time I've seen a pitcher get hit in that particular place," Todd Tomczyk said.

Hernan Perez of the Milwaukee Brewers hit the second-inning line drive that struck Taillon in the back of the head. The rookie right-hander stayed in the game, allowing only one run over six innings.

"He's doing well today and we're monitoring him," Tomczyk said.

There were four barriers, Tomczyk said, that helped prevent a brain injury to Taillon: "The cap itself, the logo, his hair and his skull."

William Weinbaum/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

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Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore

Jul 18, 2016 8:34 AM

Several scouts were on hand to watch Matt Moore pitch against the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.

Moore pitched 7 1/3 innings in a pitching battle against Chris Tillman.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals all had scouts on hand to watch the left-hander.

Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Trade Rumor

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Stephen Strasburg Improves To 13-0 With Win Over Pirates

Jul 16, 2016 12:39 AM

Stephen Strasburg allowed one run and three hits with six strikeouts in eight masterful innings as the Nationals beat the Pirates 5-1 on Friday night.

Strasburg (13-0) has won 16 consecutive decisions dating to September, a franchise record for starting pitchers.



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

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Syndergaard, Cespedes, Fowler Scratched From All-Star Game

Jul 9, 2016 10:49 PM

A day after right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes departed a game with injuries, both Mets players were scratched from Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler also had to withdraw on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

They will be replaced by Padres left-hander Drew Pomeranz, Pirates outfielder Starling Marté and Reds outfielder Jay Bruce.


Tags: New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, All-Star, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Shopping Jon Niese
The Pirates are shopping Jon Niese and have called a number of teams to gauge interest in the veteran left-hander.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates To Start Top Prospect Tyler Glasnow
Pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow has a 1.78 ERA through 96 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis.


Jung Ho Kang Investigated For Alleged Sexual Assault
Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is considered a "person of interest" in an allegation of sexual assault.


Trading Andrew McCutchen Isn't On Pittsburgh's 'Radar'
The Pirates are struggling, but trading Andrew McCutchen isn't an option at this point.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Orioles Showing Interest In Francisco Liriano, Drew Pomeranz
The Orioles have an all-right-handed rotation and are interested in trading for a left-hander to balance things out.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Gerrit Cole Likely To Miss Next Start
Gerrit Cole will likely miss his next scheduled start and possibly another with triceps tightness.


Pirates Place Francisco Cervelli On DL
The Pirates have acquired backup catcher Erik Kratz from the Angels on Saturday for $20,000.


Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Jameson Taillon's Stay With Pirates May Be Short-Lived
Jameson Taillon will make his highly-anticipated Major League debut on Wednesday, but his stay with the Pirates may be short-lived.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Ryan Vogelsong Hit In Head By Pitch, Carted Off
Ryan Vogelsong left PNC Park in an ambulance after being struck in the head by a pitch on Monday afternoon.


Pirates Don't Want To Rush Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon
Pittsburgh's starting pitcher have the sixth-highest ERA (4.27) in the National League this season.


Pirates Extend Francisco Cervelli Through 2019 Season
Francisco Cervelli will receive $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018 and $11.5 million in 2019.


Pirates Upset By Jake Arrietta's HBP
The Cubs deny that Jake Arrietta hitting Jung Ho Kang with a pitch was intentional.


MLB Moves Pirates-Marlins Series Out Of Puerto Rico
Zika virus concerns have forced MLB to shift the Puerto Rico series to Miami on May 30-31.


Jung Ho Kang Cleared To Play Extended Spring Training Games
Jung Ho Kang is recovering from torn ligaments in his knee suffered late in the 2015.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Source: Pirates, Gregory Polanco Agree To Five-Year Deal
Gregory Polanco's deal is believed to be in the mid-$30 million range, according to an source.

Yahoo Sports

Cards' Matt Holliday Will Start At First Base
Matt Holliday had balked about playing first base in previous seasons.


Andrew McCutchen Embracing Move To No. 2 Hole
Andrew McCutchen had the second-most at-bats in the league last season with two outs and nobody on base.

Anthony Castrovince/MLB

Daniel Bard Attempting Major League Comeback
Daniel Bard is attempting a Major League comeback four years after he attempted to make it as a starting pitcher with the Red Sox.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

David Freese Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Pirates
David Freese hit .257, with 14 homers and 56 RBIs with the Angels last season.