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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Fan 'Alert' After Being Struck By Foul Ball At PNC Park

Apr 21, 2015 8:03 AM

Monday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park was delayed 23 minutes when a fan was hit by a foul ball.

The woman was taken off on a stretcher from the seats behind home plate.

The Pirates said the fan was alert when she was wheeled out. She was finding her seat with her back to the field of play as Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled a ball straight back. The ball hit the netting as well as the side of the woman's head.

She immediately put her hand to her head and collapsed to the ground.

"She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a 'thumbs up' gesture to nearby fans," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Injury

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Pirates Sign Josh Harrison Through 2020

Apr 8, 2015 4:46 PM

Josh Harrison has signed a contract extension with the Pittsburgh Pirates that runs through the 2020 season.

The new deal is guaranteed through 2018 with a pair of teams options for '19 and '20.

Harrison's contract is worth $27.3 million and could reach up to $50.3 million if both options are exercised, according to multiple reports.

"We are pleased to make this commitment to Josh and that Josh has made this commitment to the Pirates," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement released by the team.

"Josh is a very talented, well-rounded player who helps our team win games offensively, defensively and on the bases. Additionally, he is an outstanding person who leads by example with his energy, grit and positivity. We look forward to continuing to work with Josh to achieve our shared goals."

ESPN

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

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Pirates, Polanco Will Revisit Extension After Season

Apr 7, 2015 8:19 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates were discussing a contract extension with Gregory Polanco, but those talks have been tabled until after the 2015 season.

Polanco, 23, hit .338/.416/.441 through his first 16 Major League games, but cooled and finished last season with a .235/.307/.343 line.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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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

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Vance Worley Wins Arbitration Case Against Pirates
The right-hander will earn $2.45 million this season, besting Pittsburgh's submission of $2 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Neil Walker To Receive $8M From Pirates
Neil Walker led all NL second baseman with a career-best 23 home runs last season.

ESPN.com

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

Associated Press

Source: Kang Gets $16M From Pirates
The Pirates have reached an agreement with Jung-Ho Kang on a four-year, $16 million contract, according to a source.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Kang Heading To Pittsburgh For Physical
The Korean shortstop reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Pirates.

Tom Singer/MLB

Report: Pirates, Jung-ho Kang Nearing Deal
The deal is expected to be for four years as the Jan. 20 deadline approaches for an agreement.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN

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

ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

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

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