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Jung Ho Kang Cleared To Play Extended Spring Training Games

Apr 14, 2016 9:55 AM

Jung Ho Kang has been cleared to play extended Spring Training games without any restrictions or limitations.

The Pittsburgh Pirates infielder has played five innings on consecutive days to this point but can now take his progress another step further.

Kang is recovering from torn ligaments in his knee suffered late in the 2015.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

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Source: Pirates, Gregory Polanco Agree To Five-Year Deal

Apr 4, 2016 1:23 AM

Gregory Polanco and the Pirates agreed on a five-year contract extension with two club options that locks in the prime years of the young outfielder, something with which the Pirates have found significant success in recent years, a source with knowledge of the club’s dealings told Yahoo Sports.

The deal is believed to guarantee Polanco in the mid-$30 million range, the source said,

Yahoo Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Cards' Matt Holliday Will Start At First Base

Apr 3, 2016 12:58 PM

Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday will start at first base Sunday in St. Louis' season opener against the Pirates, marking the first time he has played the position in his 13-year major league career.

Holliday had exclusively played left field and balked at the idea of playing first base in previous seasons.

ESPN.com

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

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Andrew McCutchen Embracing Move To No. 2 Hole

Mar 18, 2016 7:10 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates hit Andrew McCutchen second on Thursday, a move that could have some staying power.

McCutchen had the second-most at-bats in the league last season with two outs and nobody on base.

"I didn't know it was that high," McCutchen said, "but I guess it kind of makes sense -- me hitting how I've hit the last couple years, and I still can't get 100 RBI."

McCutchen hasn't hit as anything other than a No. 3 or 4 hitter since 2011.

"I told Andrew the challenge for me is for 47 years, the baddest dude in the game hits third," Clint Hurdle said. "I've got to rearrange my thinking on it and what's best for our team. How do we maximize our run production?"

Anthony Castrovince/MLB

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Daniel Bard Attempting Major League Comeback

Mar 14, 2016 4:41 PM

Daniel Bard is attempting a Major League comeback four years after he attempted to make it as a starting pitcher with the Boston Red Sox.

Bard, who was successful as a reliever, struggled with his control in the rotation. He was ultimately diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in 2013.

"The nerves in my hand weren't telling my brain where my arm was," he explained.

Since the Red Sox cut ties, Bard has pitched for the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers, but never above A-ball.

He is in Minor League camp with the Pittsburgh Pirates this spring.

"I have a ton of memories from my time here," Bard said of the Red Sox. "It seems enough removed where it doesn’t seem weird to be here or anything. There are probably more of you [reporters] that are the same than players, coaches, or any front office guys. The jersey is the same but it’s a way different place, I think, than when I left a few years ago."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox

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David Freese Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Pirates

Mar 12, 2016 2:58 AM

Veteran infielder David Freese and the Pirates have agreed to a one-year deal for $3 million, the team announced Friday.

The 32-year-old Freese, an All-Star with the Cardinals in 2012, hit .257 with 27 doubles, 14 homers and 56 RBI last year with the Angels.

ESPN.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Orioles Agree To One-Year, $5.75M Deal With Pedro Alvarez

Mar 8, 2016 6:29 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract with Pedro Alvarez, according to sources.

Alvarez is expected to serve as Baltimore's designated hitter after committing a Major League-high 23 errors in his first full season at first base for the Pittsburgh Pirates last year.

The Pirates elected not to tender Alvarez, who also made $5.75 million in 2015, a contract.

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

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Gerrit Cole Disapointed With Current Contract

Feb 28, 2016 2:22 PM

Pirates starting pitching ace Gerrit Cole, coming off a 2015 season that included his first All-Star nod, says he is disappointed by the contract he signed for the 2016 season.

Cole signed for $541,000 on Saturday, the same amount he made last year when he went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and finished fourth in National League Cy Young voting. His 2015 base salary was $531,000, and he earned $10,000 for making the All-Star team.

ESPN.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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McCutchen, Pirates Will Discuss Deal 'At Appropriate Time'

Feb 24, 2016 9:06 AM

Neal Huntington said Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Pirates will discuss a new contract with Andrew McCutchen at "the appropriate time."

McCutchen repeated his desire to remain in Pittsburgh earlier this week.

Huntington said the Pirates would "love nothing more than to have Andrew McCutchen stay in Pittsburgh an awfully long time."

However, the outfielder is under contract for three more years.

McCutchen is four years into a six-year, $51.5 million contract he signed in March 2012, as he was approaching his first season of arbitration eligibility. He is scheduled to make $13 million this season and $14 million in 2017. The Pirates then hold a club option, at $14.5 million, for 2018.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Andrew McCutchen: 'I'd Love To Spend My Whole Career' With Pirates

Feb 16, 2016 4:07 PM

Andrew McCutchen, who is in camp early with the Pittsburgh Pirates, says he would "love" to spend the rest of his career with the franchise.

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.

The Pirates have a $14.75 million option on McCutchen's deal for the 2018 season.

"I'm not too focused on it, but definitely I've mentioned it before," he said. "I've said it plenty times: this is a place that I'd love to be, a place that I'd love to spend my whole career, win championships and just be here. It doesn't happen a whole lot in this game. But if the opportunity presents itself, that would be great for me, for my wife and, hopefully, one day, God willing, we have a family of our own. So, that would be really cool."

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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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.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Gregory Polanco Open To Extension With Pirates
Pittsburgh hasn't revisited talks since they were tabled last April.

Adam Berry/MLB

Neftali Feliz Signs One-Year Deal With Pirates
Feliz, 27, split last season between the Rangers and Tigers, posting a 6.38 ERA over 48 innings.

Adam Berry/MLB

John Jaso Signs With Pirates, Plans Move To First Base
The Pirates have signed John Jaso to a two-year, $8 million contract.

Associated Press

Mat Latos Drawing Interest From Five Teams
Five teams have checked on Mat Latos, who is looking to sign a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Ryan Vogelsong Signs With Pirates
The Pirates have signed Ryan Vogelsong, but the terms of the deal are unknown.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates Acquire Jason Rogers From Brewers
The Pirates have acquired Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for minor league outfielder Keon Broxton and pitcher Trey Supak.

Associated Press

Pirates Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez
Sean Rodriguez hit just .246 in 139 games with Pittsburgh last season, but the club values his versatility.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Mets, Pirates Complete Niese-For-Walker Trade
New York focused on acquiring Neil Walker after Ben Zobrist signed with the Cubs in free agency.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets, Pirates Deep In Talks On Neil Walker
Jon Niese is one name that has been mentioned as a possible return for Neil Walker.

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

Pirates Decline To Offer Pedro Alvarez Contract
The Pirates declined to offer Pedro Alvarez a contract for the 2016 season on Wednesday, making him a free agent.

Associated Press

Pirates Interested In Justin Masterson
Justin Masterson is believed to be seeking a one-year deal to reset his value after a few down seasons.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates Acquire Allen Webster From D-Backs For Cash
Allen Webster was traded from the Red Sox last offseason.

Yahoo.com

J.A. Happ Returns To Blue Jays
Free agent left-hander J.A. Happ agreed to a $36M, three-year deal with the Blue Jays on Friday.

ESPN.com

Pirates Listening To Offers For 2016 Free Agents
The Pirates are listening to offers for Mark Melancon, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez.

A.J.Cassavell/MLB

Pirates, Orioles Have Discussed Neil Walker
The Pirates are listening to offers for Neil Walker and have discussed a possible trade with the Orioles.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Joakim Soria Eyeing Three-Year, $27M Deal
Joakim Soria, who turns 32 in May, is considered the second-best reliever on the free agent market next to Darren O'Day.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Sources: Lopsided Marlins-Pirates Trade Was Compensation Deal
The Pirates and 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 Bene

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Report: Pirates Could Trade Mark Melancon
The Pirates are open to trading closer Mark Melancon, according to a pair of rival general managers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Pirates Will Try To Re-Sign J.A. Happ
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 Pirates will try to re-sign the left-hander.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review