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Source: Kang Gets $16M From Pirates

Jan 12, 2015 4:37 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with Jung-Ho Kang on a four-year, $16 million contract, according to a source.

The deal also has an option for a fifth year.

The Pirates had a 30-day window to come to an agreement after winning negotiating rights on Dec. 22.

Kang, 27, hit .356 with 40 home runs and 117 RBIs in 501 plate appearances for the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2014.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

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Kang Heading To Pittsburgh For Physical

Jan 12, 2015 11:36 AM

Jung-ho Kang is scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh this week to take a physical before he becomes an official member of the Pirates.

The Korean shortstop reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Pirates.

Tom Singer/MLB

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Report: Pirates, Jung-ho Kang Nearing Deal

Jan 9, 2015 4:24 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are believed to be close to signing Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang.

The deal is expected to be for four years as the Jan. 20 deadline approaches for an agreement.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Kang's Agent Confident Of Deal With Pirates

Jan 8, 2015 4:01 PM

Alan Nero, the agent for Jung-ho Kang, is confident that the Korean shortstop will come to terms on a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates won the exclusive right to negotiate with the infielder after he was posted in December, and if he signs by Jan. 20, he could begin his season there once again.

"At this point, I feel confident we’ll come to an agreement," Nero said.

"The process has been very positive. [General manager] Neal [Huntington] has tried very hard to basically come to the table with an offer."

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pirates Win Rights To Negotiate With Kang

Dec 22, 2014 4:07 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the right to negotiate with South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

Pittsburgh has 30 days to sign the 27-year-old.

Kang hit .354 with 39 homers last season for the Nexen Heroes while being named the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization.

If the Pirates reach an agreement with Kang, the Nexen Heroes would receive the posting fee for Kang's rights, reported to be $5,002,015 by Yonhap News Agency.

ESPN

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Corey Hart Reaches Deal With Pirates

Dec 22, 2014 8:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Corey Hart.

The deal, which includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses, gives the Pirates a right-handed option at first base.

Hart, 32, hit .203 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 68 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.

Associated Press

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Pirates Were Finalists For Brandon McCarthy

Dec 12, 2014 8:53 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the finalists to sign free-agent Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy ended up signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tom Singer/MLB

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Pirates, Walker Have Discussed Extension

Dec 11, 2014 8:42 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken steps towards reopening talks with Neil Walker on a contract extension.

The club recently spoke with Walker's camp about working toward a deal, according to sources.

There are no active negotiations and the two sides appear to be far apart in terms of financial figures.

"We would love nothing more than to have Neil Walker end his career as a Pirate," Neal Huntington said. "We understand he's a really good player. We understand the local implications and the local ties he has.

"There are two parties to a trade negotiation, a free agent negotiation, a contract extension. Sometimes those two parties find a common ground and a deal is struck. Sometimes they don't. If we get to that point, and hopefully we will, then we'll have an extension announcement for Neil. If not, we'll continue to do what we do behind the scenes and leave it at that."

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Pirates Get Antonio Bastardo From Phillies

Dec 10, 2014 7:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia will receive minor league left-hander Joely Rodriguez in return.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

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Pirates, Liriano Agree To $39M Contract

Dec 9, 2014 7:39 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with Francisco Liriano, according to sources.

Liriano has spent the past two seasons with the Pirates.

The 31-year-old went 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA last season. In 2013, he posted a career best in victories, finishing with a 16-8 record and a 3.02 ERA.

ESPN

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Rays Trade Sean Rodriguez To Pirates
The Rays have traded Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates for a player to be named later and cash.

ESPN

Pirates Could Increase Payroll Past $90M
Frank Coonelly, the president for the Pirates, says the club is likely to increase their payroll heading into the 2015 season.

Dejan Kovacevic/DK On Pittsburgh Sports

A's Acquire Ike Davis From Pirates
Ike Davis batted .235 in 131 games for the Pirates last season.

ESPN.com

Pirates Designate Ike Davis For Assignment
Davis hit .235 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 131 games with the Pirates after being acquired in an April trade from the Mets.

Associated Press

Mariners Made Strong Push For Russell Martin
The Mariners were among the finalists to sign Russell Martin, who eventually agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays.

Anthony Castrovince/MLB

Jays Agree Upon Five-Year $82M Deal With Russell Martin
The Blue Jays have agreed upon a five-year deal with Russell Martin.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cubs Appear To Be Front-Runners For Martin
Russell Martin could receive a deal in the four-year, $64 million range on the open market.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Burnett Agree To One-Year Deal With Pirates
The value of the contract is $4.25 million less than the option he turned down with the Phillies for next season.

Associated Press

Yankees Trade Cervelli To Pirates For Wilson
Justin Wilson, 27, was 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 70 appearances for the Pirates this past season but struck out 61 batters in 60 innings.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Russell Martin To Decline Qualifying Offer
Russell Martin will officially reject the Pittsburgh's qualifying offer for 2015 by Monday's deadline.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Russell Martin To Meet With Four Teams
Martin is drawing interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, Pirates and Blue Jays.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Brad Fischer Joins Pirates' Coaching Staff
The Pirates have announced that Brad Fischer has joined the team's coaching staff for the 2015 season.

Press Release

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.

MLB

Pirates Acquire Justin Sellers From Indians For Cash
The Pirates have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.

Press Release

Rangers Want Manager In Mold Of Francona, Hurdle
Texas is expected to reduce their list of candidates to three names this week.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Clint Hurdle Has Hip Surgery
Hurdle, 57, spent most of the 2014 season dealing with arthritis in the hip, which made walking painful.

Associated Press

Crawford's Playoff Grand Slam Is First By Shortstop
The Giants went on to win 8-0 as Madison Bumgarner shutdown the Pittsburgh offense.

Paul Casella/MLB

Bumgarner Pitches Giants To NL Wild-Card Victory
The Giants will now face the Nationals in the best-of-five NLDS beginning Friday.

ESPN.com

Giants To Start Madison Bumgarner In Wild Card game
Madison Bumgarner will start for the ZGiants in this Wednesday's Wild Card playoff game.

ESPN.com

Pirates Willing To Stretch Payroll To Retain Martin
The Pirates have a philosophy of not allocating more than 18 percent of their payroll to one player, but may rethink the strategy with Russell Martin headed to free agency.

Travis Sawchick/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review