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J.A. Happ Returns To Blue Jays

Nov 28, 2015 1:25 AM

J.A. Happ is headed back to the B ;lue jays, according to an ESPN.com report on Friday.

The left-hander agreed to a $36 million, three-year contract, returning to the team he pitched for from 2012 to 2014.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Pirates Acquire Allen Webster From D-Backs For Cash

Nov 28, 2015 3:26 PM

The D-Backs have traded right-hander Allen Webster to the Pirates for cash considerations.

Webster was traded to the D-Backs from Boston last offseason in a deal that sent left-hander Wade Miley to the Red Sox and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa to the desert.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Pirates Listening To Offers For 2016 Free Agents

Nov 27, 2015 7:16 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are "listening on all their potential free agents," according to a report by Jayson Stark of ESPN.

That includes Mark Melancon, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez.

The Pirates don't have any clear replacements at any of the three positions, but could still make a deal if the price is right.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates, Orioles Have Discussed Neil Walker

Nov 19, 2015 8:31 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are listening to offers for Neil Walker and have discussed a possible trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore initially hoped that Walker would be non-tendered due to his impending raise, but Pittsburgh does plan to tender him a contract.

Talks between the two sides didn't get too far because the asking price for Walker was too high.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Joakim Soria Eyeing Three-Year, $27M Deal

Nov 18, 2015 8:20 PM

Joakim Soria is seeking a three-year deal in the $27 million range, according to a report.

Soria, who turns 32 in May, is considered the second-best reliever on the free agent market next to Darren O'Day.

O'Day is reportedly looking for a four-year deal worth as much as $36 million.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sources: Lopsided Marlins-Pirates Trade Was Compensation Deal

Nov 11, 2015 5:39 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins worked out a seemingly lopsided trade last month that was arranged because the Pirates demanded compensation in exchange for allowing highly regarded special assistant Jim Benedict to take a job with the Marlins, according to sources.

The deal, which was announced Oct. 24, sent one of Miami's top pitching prospects, right-hander Trevor Williams, to Pittsburgh in exchange for right-hander Richard Mitchell, whom several scouts described as a non-prospect.

The trade was announced one day after the Marlins hired away Benedict to be their vice president of pitching.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Report: Pirates Could Trade Mark Melancon

Nov 10, 2015 5:29 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are open to trading closer Mark Melancon, according to a pair of rival general managers.

"Everyone's closer is available," one GM said. "People, especially the young GMs, have no fear of trading their closer."

In addition to Melancon, Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel and Andrew Miller have been mentioned in trade rumors since the World Series ended.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates Will Try To Re-Sign J.A. Happ

Oct 12, 2015 9:08 AM

J.A. Happ will be a free agent for the first time this winter, but he may not be on the market long as the Pittsburgh Pirates will try to re-sign the left-hander.

"It's a team I would definitely consider, absolutely," Happ said. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm happy with where I'm at right now, and we'll see what's down the road."

Happ went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 outings this season with the Seattle Mariners. After being traded to the Pirates at the end of July, Happ went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts.

"There is interest," Neal Huntington said. "It's just a matter of how it all comes together, how it works for him and how it works for us."

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sean Rodriguez Apologizes For Skirmish, Punching Cooler

Oct 9, 2015 7:07 AM

Sean Rodriguez has issued an apology on Twitter for his actions in Wednesday night's bench-clearing scuffle and for pummeling a cooler in the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout after his ejection.

Pirates reliever Tony Watson drilled Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta with a fastball in the top of the seventh inning to spark the scuffle. Arrieta and Watson exchanged words near home plate, and the bullpens and benches briefly emptied onto the field.

Rodriguez appeared to throw a punch during the scuffle, and he accused David Ross of grabbing him by the neck in the scrum.

After his ejection from the National League wild-card game, the Pirates utility man proceeded to give the unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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Andrew McCutchen 'Never Bringing' Dreadlocks Back

Sep 28, 2015 11:30 AM

Andrew McCutchen does not plan to regrow his dreadlocks, bristling at the idea that the long hair was his trademark.

McCutchen got his first haircut in eight years this past March and donated the dreadlocks to charity.

"Never bringing them back," McCutchen told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Never."

McCutchen, 28, made four All-Star teams and won a National League MVP award over his first six seasons in the Major Leagues.

"All it was, for myself, was a haircut," McCutchen told the Post-Gazette. "I know for other people, it probably meant more because that was my trademark.

"But if my hair was my trademark, and that's the reason people know me, that means I suck at baseball."


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Become Fifth Team To Win 10,000 NL Games
Pittsburgh is fifth all time in NL wins behind San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Associated Press

Pirates Clinch Third-Straight Playoff Berth
The Pirates defeated the Rockies 13-7 on Wednesday, allowing them to clinch a playoff berth for the third-straight year.

Associated Press

Cardinals Clinch MLB's First Playoff Spot
Despite losing to the Cubs on Saturday, the Cardinals have clinched at least a NL wild-card slot.


Pirates Unlikely To Call Up Tyler Glasnow
Tyler Glasnow has made six starts at the Triple-A level, posting a 0.81 ERA and striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A.J. Burnett Hopes To Return By Mid-September
A.J. Burnett has been on the DL since July 31 with a strained right elbow.


Madison Bumgarner, Marlon Byrd Homer In Win Over Pirates
Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner leads all pitchers in batting average (.254), home runs (five) and RBI's (nine).


Aramis Ramirez To Take Ground Balls At First Base
Aramis Ramirez has only fielded third base in his 18 Major League seasons, but that may change in what could be his final season.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates Acquire J.A. Happ, Michael Morse
J.A. Happ went 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 20 starts for the Mariners this season.


Pirates To Acquire Joakim Soria From Tigers
Pittsburgh will send a Minor League player to Detroit for the reliever, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals Trade Joe Blanton To Pirates
Joe Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment in the wake of Kansas City's trade for Johnny Cueto.

Associated Press

Pirates Looking At Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino
The Pirates have considered trading for Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino of the Red Sox.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Gerrit Cole Becomes Majors' First 14-Game Winner
Gerrit Cole and the Pirates defeated the Nationals by the score of 3-1 on Sunday.


Pittsburgh Working On Trade For Reliever
Pittsburgh acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers on Thursday afternoon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates' Jordy Mercer Carted Off Field
Jordy Mercer collided with Carlos Games attempting to break up a double play on Sunday.

Liriano Scratched With Neck Tightness
The Pirates started RHP Vance Worley on Saturday night against the Brewers.


Pirates Option Wilfredo Boscan To Triple-A
The Pirates have sent pitcher Wilfredo Boscan to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Press Release

Pirates Could Add Talent Prior To Deadline
The Pirates could add to their Major League roster this month in the wake of Josh Harrison's thumb injury, according to Clint Hurdle.

Tom Singer/MLB

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

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