Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

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.

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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

Jul 8, 2016 4:37 PM

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

Pittsburgh is anticipating that a handful of scouts will be on hand to watch Niese start on Sunday.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Trade Rumor

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Pirates To Start Top Prospect Tyler Glasnow

Jul 6, 2016 1:12 PM

The Pirates are promoting top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Glasnow is expected to start against the Cardinals on Thursday in St. Louis.

Glasnow, 22, has a 1.78 ERA through 96 minor league innings this season at Triple-A Indianapolis.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Jung Ho Kang Investigated For Alleged Sexual Assault

Jul 5, 2016 7:45 PM

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is being investigated by Chicago police over an allegation of sexual assault.

Kang has not been charged with a crime. He is considered a "person of interest" in this investigation, which is still in the information-gathering and evidence collection phase.

The Pirates said in a statement Tuesday that they were aware of the allegation.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Trading Andrew McCutchen Isn't On Pittsburgh's 'Radar'

Jun 26, 2016 8:22 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling, but trading Andrew McCutchen isn't an option at this point.

"We hear the narrative," Neal Huntington said. "We're aware of the narrative. But it's not on our radar."

McCutchen, who will turn 30 in October, is hitting .243/.320/.423 this season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Trade Rumor

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Orioles Showing Interest In Francisco Liriano, Drew Pomeranz

Jun 23, 2016 8:59 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have an all-right-handed rotation and are interested in trading for a left-hander to balance things out.

They have shown interest in Francisco Liriano of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Drew Pomeranz of the San Diego Padres.

The Miami Marlins have also been linked to Pomeranz.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Trade Rumor

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Orioles Agree To One-Year, $5.75M Deal With Pedro Alvarez
The Pirates elected not to tender Pedro Alvarez, who also made $5.75 million in 2015, a contract.

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Gerrit Cole Disapointed With Current Contract
Gerrit Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA last season for the Pirates.


McCutchen, Pirates Will Discuss Deal 'At Appropriate Time'
Neal Huntington said Tuesday that the Pirates will discuss a new contract with Andrew McCutchen at "the appropriate time."

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Andrew McCutchen: 'I'd Love To Spend My Whole Career' With Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, 29, would have hit free agency this offseason had he not signed a team-friendly, six-year contract worth $51.5 million back in 2012.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Francisco Cervelli Open To Extension With Pirates
Francisco Cervelli is one season away from free agency where he's projected to be one of the top catchers on the market.

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