Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

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

Dec 20, 2016 7:14 AM

The New York Mets are at least looking into the possibility of trading for a center fielder.

Ken Rosenthal described the Mets as being "semi-engaged" in talks for a variety of possibilities.

Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been mentioned as a possibility, but talks haven't gotten serious.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Pirates Sign Daniel Hudson To Two-Year, $11M Deal

Dec 19, 2016 3:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Daniel Hudson to a two-year, $11 million deal.

Hudson might have a path to the closer's role in Pittsburgh after Mark Melancon signed with the San Francisco Giants.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Gerrit Cole Hasn't Yet Discussed Contract With Pirates

Dec 12, 2016 7:27 AM

Gerrit Cole is feeling healthy and will begin his offseason throwing program on Monday.

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.

"There's obviously the process of reflecting back and then moving forward. We're in the latter part of that stage," Cole said. "Just forward thinking, looking forward to next year."

Cole, arbitration-eligible for the first time, has not yet discussed a 2017 contract with the Pirates.

Adam Berry/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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

M's Acquire Bullpen Help In Trades With Pirates, Jays
Both deals that the Mariners made on Saturday were for players to be named later.


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

Associated Press

Pirates Land Ivan Nova From Yankees For PTBNL
Ivan Nova, 29, has a 4.90 ERA, 5.09 FIP and 75 strikeouts in 97.1 innings this season.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball