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Pirates Didn't Ask Andrew McCutchen About Moving To Right Field

Feb 17, 2017 3:14 PM

Andrew McCutchen says the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't ask his opinion about moving from center to right field this season.

The Pirates told him in January that he was going to shift positions. McCutchen said "it wasn't an ask. It was more of a 'say.' It was 'I have to move there.'"

Over his 12-year professional career, McCutchen has played just one game in right field. It came at the Double-A level.

"That was one of the first times that that was something I wanted to go against," McCutchen said. "It wasn't something I was ready for or I wanted to do. But as I keep saying that, I'm talking about myself. So I just had to not be as selfish and just accept that that's what I had to do and move over to right."

He admitted that not having any say in the decision was tough.

"It's more difficult because I feel I can still play it," McCutchen said. "I don't feel like I'm at the end of my career. You know, people like to say, 'Torii Hunter moved to right.' Uh, also, Torii Hunter was 35 years old when he moved to right. So at the same time, I'm 30, and I feel like I can still play it."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Pirates Moving McCutchen To Right Field

Feb 5, 2017 6:08 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Sunday that Andrew McCutchen will play right field in 2017 after manning center field for the team the past eight seasons.

Starling Marte will replace McCutchen in center field, while Gregory Polanco will move to left field. McCutchen hasn't played an inning in right field in his major league career.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Agent: Jung Ho Kang To Enter Treatment Program

Feb 5, 2017 1:15 PM

Jung Ho Kang has agreed to enter a treatment program, the agent for the Pittsburgh Pirates infielder said Saturday.

Agent Alan Nero told media in Pittsburgh that Kang has agreed to enter the voluntary program after his December DUI arrest in South Korea, the third time since 2009 he has been arrested for such an offense in the country.

Entering rehab was a recommendation of Major League Baseball's Treatment Board, which had reviewed Kang's case.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Legal, Misc Rumor

Pirates, Jordy Mercer Have Discussed Extension

Jan 9, 2017 7:09 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Jordy Mercer have discussed a contract extension, but an agreement isn't imminent.

According to a source, the two sides have had "a little, but not a lot of talk."

Mercer is under control through the 2018 campaign.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

White Sox Holding Jose Quintana Trade Talks Daily

Jan 5, 2017 7:09 AM

The Chicago White Sox have maintained daily trade talks centered around Jose Quintana, according to a report.

The Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees have all been involved in talks.

At this point, the Yankees are considered a "long shot" to acquire Quintana.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Jung Ho Kang May Lose WBC Roster Spot After DUI Arrests

Jan 3, 2017 6:43 AM

Jung Ho Kang, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence earlier this month in Seoul, is likely losing his spot on South Korea's national team in the World Baseball Classic.

South Korea manager Kim In-sik told Yonhap News Agency on Monday that he is likely to cut Kang after his third DUI since 2009.

"He is a great player, but I've started to wonder if it's worth the trouble taking him to the WBC," Kim told Yonhap. "Personally, I am leaning toward taking Kang off the roster."

Kang has a .273 average and 36 home runs in two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Jays May Have Trade Interest For McCutchen

Dec 25, 2016 3:33 PM

The Blue Jays have “kicked around” Andrew McCutchen’s name as they attempt to address their outfield, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (all Twitter links). Pirates GM Neal Huntington recently said the team was likely to keep McCutchen after trade negotiations with the Nationals fell through. But, Crasnick writes, the Jays are one of several teams who are still interested in the Pirates’ star.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Pirates, Ivan Nova Agree To Three-Year, $26M Deal

Dec 24, 2016 2:13 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and free-agent pitcher Ivan Nova have agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

The deal, which is pending a physical, was first reported by FanRag Sports.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Pirates In Mix To Trade For Jose Quintana

Dec 22, 2016 7:58 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have "worked hard" to complete a trade with the Chicago White Sox for Jose Quintana, according to a report.

The White Sox are rebuilding this offseason having dealt Chris Sale and Adam Eaton.

Quintana, who turns 28 in January, is due $15.85 million over the next two seasons with club options for 2019 ($10.5 million) and '20 ($11.5 million).

Adam Berry/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross

Dec 21, 2016 7:34 AM

Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Roughly 20 clubs are interested in Ross, according to Jon Heyman, who lists the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians as suitors.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Mets Looking Into Possible Trade For Center Fielder
Ken Rosenthal described the Mets as being "semi-engaged" in talks for a variety of possibilities.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Pirates Sign Daniel Hudson To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Daniel Hudson might have a path to the closer's role in Pittsburgh after Mark Melancon signed with the Giants.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Gerrit Cole Hasn't Yet Discussed Contract With Pirates
Gerrit Cole, who dealt with a rib injury last spring and then two arm injuries during the season, had a disappointing 2016 season with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts.

Adam Berry/MLB

Andrew McCutchen Bothered By Trade Talk
Pirates star outfielder Andrew McCutchen says the rampant trade talks did "bother" him.


Trade Talks Fizzle, Andrew McCutchen Likely To Remain With Pirates
Andrew McCutchen is expected to be with the Pirates on Opening Day after trade talks failed to intensify this week.


Pirates Seek Giolito, Robles From Nationals In Andrew McCutchen Deal
The Nationals declined the offer involving the two top prospects.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Giants, Mark Melancon Agree To Four-Year, $62M Deal
Mark Melancon finished with a combined 47 saves and 1.64 ERA in 71⅓ innings over his 75 appearances, for the Pirates and Nationals last season.


Nationals Seeking Trades For Both Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale
The Braves are believed to be Washington's main competition for Chris Sale.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Nationals, Pirates Have 'Ramped Up' Andrew McCutchen Talks
There have been indications that the Nationals would like to conclude talks as soon as Thursday.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Pirates 'Almost Certain' To Trade Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen is signed for $14 million in 2017 with a $14.5 million club option for 2018.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mariners Inquired About Andrew McCutchen, Talks Didn't Advance
The Mariners inquired with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen earlier this offseason, but the talks "did not advance."

Jon Morosi/MLB

Padres, Pirates, Yankees Reach Out To Derek Holland
Derek Holland's agent, Michael Martini, says the pitcher is intrigued by the Pirates and is also interested in a return to the Rangers.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates, Nationals Discussed Andrew McCutchen Trade In July
The Pirates and Nationals discussed at length a trade that would have involved Andrew McCutchen in July, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Cubs-Pirates Play To MLB's First Tie Since 2005
Rain forced the teams to stop playing in the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1 and led to a delay of nearly 90 minutes.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Pirates Hope To Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez
The Pirates hope to re-sign Sean Rodriguez, who they signed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal last offseason.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Ivan Nova Seeking $70M Deal, Pirates Have Made Extension Offer
The Pirates are working to keep Ivan Nova from hitting free agency and have made extension offers to the pitcher.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates Acquire Phil Coke From Yankees
The Pirates have acquired Phil Coke from the Yankees for cash considerations.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates Shut Down Gerrit Cole With Inflamed Right Elbow
The Pirates have placed Gerrit Cole on the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his 2016 season.


Pirates, Yankees Complete Ivan Nova Trade
New York will receive outfielder Tito Polo and left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates Place Gerrit Cole On DL With Elbow Inflammation
The Pirates have placed Gerrit Cole on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with "posterior inflammation of the right elbow."

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors