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Pirates May Extend Andrew McCutchen

Feb 26, 2015 10:32 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are willing to consider a second significant contract extension for Andrew McCutchen.

Talks are not active currently, but sources claim the Pirates are "willing to go to great lengths" to work out a new deal if they engage McCutchen. That could mean offering a deal worth $25 million annually.

McCutchen's current contract keeps him under team control through 2018 for a very affordable $38 million.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Pirates Studying Success Of NBA's Warriors

Feb 23, 2015 7:54 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are studying the success of the NBA's Golden State Warriors as the 2015 season approaches.

"I read an interesting article a while ago on the Golden State Warriors, how they get maximum production with their players," Clint Hurdle said. "They're actually playing less, and they're playing better collectively as a group."

Neal Huntington told ESPN the Pirates noticed this trend in a study of the Warriors by a member of their front office.

"We're always looking collectively as a group ... just watching different models of behavior," Hurdle said, "whether it's the NFL or the NBA or hockey. They're the perfect example of maximizing ice time and shifts and things like that.

"We're not in that same mode. But how do you maximize all the ability that you have and the abilities that you have? What's the right amount of reps for a guy? What are the at-bats you want to carry through at certain times, the innings that are played? You've got to keep an eye on everything.

"But it caught our attention," Hurdle added, "just for the fact that they have found a rhythm and a rhyme, through the coaching staff and the player pool that they have. And at the point in time of the article, they were playing the best basketball they have in a long time. And actually, minutes per game were down for some of their key core players."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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Alvarez Beats Pirates In Salary Arbitration

Feb 19, 2015 4:58 PM

Pedro Alvarez has defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration.

Alvarez was awarded a $5.75 million salary by Robert Herzog, James Oldham and Dan Brent, who heard arguments on Wednesday. Pittsburgh had argued for $5.25 million.

The second overall pick in 2008, Alvarez made $4.25 million last year.

Associated Press

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Vance Worley Wins Arbitration Case Against Pirates

Feb 10, 2015 4:36 PM

Vance Worley has defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in his arbitration case.

The right-hander will earn $2.45 million this season, besting Pittsburgh's submission of $2 million.

Worley, 27, was eligible for arbitration for the first time as a Super Two.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.

First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Neil Walker To Receive $8M From Pirates

Feb 7, 2015 7:38 PM

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is getting a raise, just not the one he wanted.

An arbitration panel sided Saturday with the Pirates in their case against Walker, who was seeking a pay bump to $9 million in 2015. The 29-year-old Walker will instead receive $8 million. He made $5.75 million last year.

Walker led all National League second baseman with a career-best 23 home runs in 2014. 


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Pirates Trade Snider To Orioles

Jan 28, 2015 8:47 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles for a Minor League pitcher and a player to be named later.

The deal was announced on Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh received left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Associated Press

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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
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.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pirates Win Rights To Negotiate With Kang
Pittsburgh has 30 days to sign the 27-year-old, who cost a $5 million posting fee.


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

Associated Press

Pirates Were Finalists For Brandon McCarthy
Brandon McCarthy ended up signing with the Dodgers.

Tom Singer/MLB

Pirates, Walker Have Discussed Extension
There are no active negotiations and the two sides appear to be far apart in terms of financial figures.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates Get Antonio Bastardo From Phillies
Philadelphia will receive minor league left-hander Joely Rodriguez in return.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates, Liriano Agree To $39M Contract
Francisco Liriano has spent the past two seasons with the Pirates.


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


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.


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.