Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Nationals Seeking Trades For Both Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale

Dec 5, 2016 9:08 AM

The Washington Nationals are trying to acquire both Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale via trade, according to a report.

The Nationals believe they have the prospects to make both deals happen.

The Atlanta Braves are believed to be Washington's main competition for Sale.

Trea Turner is off limits, but the Nationals could still include Lucas Giolito, Victor Robles, Reynaldo Lopez and Erick Fredde in deals.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

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

Nationals, Pirates Have 'Ramped Up' Andrew McCutchen Talks

Dec 1, 2016 4:18 PM

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates have "ramped up" their trade talks regarding Andrew McCutchen, according to a report.

There have been indications that the Nationals would like to conclude talks as soon as Thursday.

Washington may non-tender Danny Espinosa if they acquire McCutchen.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Pirates 'Almost Certain' To Trade Andrew McCutchen

Nov 30, 2016 4:45 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to explore trade scenarios involving Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen is coming off his worst offensive season and a below-average one defensively, according to the advanced metrics. 

McCutchen is signed for $14 million in 2017 with a $14.5 million club option for 2018.

The Washington Nationals remain interested in McCutchen while the Texas Rangers are another potential trade partner.

Dexter Fowler, Ian Desmond and Carlos Gomez are the most prominent center fielders available in free agency.

The Pirates could re-allocate payroll to other areas while also enabling them to move Starling Marte from left to center.

Jeff Passan echoed Ken Rosenthal's report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Mariners Inquired About Andrew McCutchen, Talks Didn't Advance

Nov 21, 2016 8:56 AM

The Seattle Mariners inquired with the Pittsburgh Pirates about Andrew McCutchen earlier this offseason, but the talks "did not advance."

McCutchen, 30, is coming off the worst season of his Major League career. He hit .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs and is owed $14 million in 2017 and has a team option of $14.75 million in 2018, with a $1 million buyout.

It was reported earlier this month that the Washington Nationals have also called about McCutchen.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Padres, Pirates, Yankees Reach Out To Derek Holland

Nov 16, 2016 5:28 PM

Derek Holland is drawing interest from the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees, according to multiple reports.

Holland's agent, Michael Martini, says the pitcher is intrigued by the Pirates and is also interested in a return to the Texas Rangers.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Pirates, Nationals Discussed Andrew McCutchen Trade In July

Nov 10, 2016 8:02 AM

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

The deal fell apart because there were too many moving parts at play.

The two clubs appear unlikely to rekindle trade talks this offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Cubs-Pirates Play To MLB's First Tie Since 2005

Sep 30, 2016 7:33 AM

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates played to the first tie in Major League Baseball since June 2005 on Thursday.

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. Because the game has no effect on postseason positioning and the teams aren't scheduled to play again this season, MLB decided the game would not be made up and officially declared it a tie.

All stats from the game will count.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Stats

Pirates Hope To Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez

Sep 26, 2016 7:42 AM

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

"We'd love to have Sean remain in a Pirate uniform," Neal Huntington said. "Given what he's done this year, we would fully anticipate that there's going to be quite a market out there for him."

Rodriguez has played every position but pitcher and catcher this season, although his primary positions have been first base, the middle infield and right field.

He is slashing 264/.345/.518 with 18 home runs through 320 plate appearances.

"Sean's just done a remarkable job," Huntington added. "The defensive versatility and the impact, it's hard to measure."

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Ivan Nova Seeking $70M Deal, Pirates Have Made Extension Offer

Sep 23, 2016 7:12 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are working to keep Ivan Nova from hitting free agency and have made extension offers to the pitcher.

Nova and his representatives with the Legacy Agency are reportedly asking for $70 million over five years.

The size of Pittsburgh's offer hasn't been reported.

Bill Brink/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Pirates Acquire Phil Coke From Yankees

Sep 22, 2016 4:33 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Phil Coke from the New York Yankees for cash considerations.

Pittsburgh will need to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate the acquisition.

Coke, 34, made three major league appearances earlier in the year for New York, but has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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

Nats Acquire Closer Mark Melancon From Pirates
The Nationals sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates.


Nationals Have Inquired About Mark Melancon
The Nationals and a number of other clubs have inquired with the Pirates about Mark Melancon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Pirates Eyeing Trade For Jeanmar Gomez
The Pirates are among the teams interested in trading for Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez.

Chad Thornburg/MLB

Jameson Taillon 'Doing Well' After Line Drive To Head
Jameson Taillon is doing well after he was hit in the back of the head with a line drive that left the bat at 105 mph on Tuesday night.

William Weinbaum/ESPN

Five Teams Send Scouts To Watch Matt Moore
Matt Moore, 27, has a 4.33 ERA, 4.60 FIP and 98 strikeouts in 116.1 innings pitched this season.

Roger Mooney/Tampa Times

Stephen Strasburg Improves To 13-0 With Win Over Pirates
Nats star Stephen Strasburg improved to 13-0 for the season, and now has won 16 consecutive decisions dating back to last September.


Syndergaard, Cespedes, Fowler Scratched From All-Star Game
Drew Pomeranz. Starling Marte, and Jay Bruce have been added to the NL All-Star Game roster.


Pirates Shopping Jon Niese
The Pirates are shopping Jon Niese and have called a number of teams to gauge interest in the veteran left-hander.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates To Start Top Prospect Tyler Glasnow
Pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow has a 1.78 ERA through 96 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis.


Jung Ho Kang Investigated For Alleged Sexual Assault
Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is considered a "person of interest" in an allegation of sexual assault.


Trading Andrew McCutchen Isn't On Pittsburgh's 'Radar'
The Pirates are struggling, but trading Andrew McCutchen isn't an option at this point.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Orioles Showing Interest In Francisco Liriano, Drew Pomeranz
The Orioles have an all-right-handed rotation and are interested in trading for a left-hander to balance things out.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Gerrit Cole Likely To Miss Next Start
Gerrit Cole will likely miss his next scheduled start and possibly another with triceps tightness.


Pirates Place Francisco Cervelli On DL
The Pirates have acquired backup catcher Erik Kratz from the Angels on Saturday for $20,000.