Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Ryan Vogelsong Hit In Head By Pitch, Carted Off

May 23, 2016 2:54 PM

Ryan Vogelsong left PNC Park in an ambulance after being struck in the head by a pitch on Monday afternoon.

A 92-mph fastball from the Colorado Rockies' Jordan Lyles rode up and appeared to contact Vogelsong's head under his visor as the pitcher batted with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning.

Vogelsong fell to the ground and stayed there until he was attended to by Pittsburgh head athletic trainer Todd Tomcyzk. It was not clear if Vogelsong ever lost consciousness.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies, Injury

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Pirates Don't Want To Rush Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon

May 23, 2016 11:03 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates don't want to rush top prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon to the Major Leagues, Neal Huntington says.

However, the general manager acknowledged that Glasnow and Taillon "probably" will be promoted at some point this season.

"In a perfect world, they have a full year in Triple-A," Huntington said. "It's probably not going to be a perfect world."

Pittsburgh's starting pitchers have the sixth-highest ERA (4.27) in the National League this season.

"We'd love to give our guys more experience in Triple-A than we have in the past," Huntington said. "I think the results when we're able to give guys a significant amount of experience in Triple-A shows. They make an easier transition, they tend to be able to adjust quicker at the major league level."


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Pirates Extend Francisco Cervelli Through 2019 Season

May 17, 2016 4:21 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended the contract of Francisco Cervelli through the 2019 season.

The total value of the deal, which added three years to his contract, is $31 million, according to a source. He can earn more through incentives. Cervelli will receive $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018 and $11.5 million in 2019.

"I want to thank the Pirates organization for believing in me," Cervelli wrote in The Players' Tribune on Tuesday. "Thanks to my teammates: I'm proud to call you guys brothers. And last but not least, to the fans: You guys keep me going every night. That's amore. Pittsburgh is a city with a lot of love. When I arrived here, people didn't know who I was. But it didn't take long for me to feel the love and respect that the people of Pittsburgh have. That's why I am coming back.

"Thank you for not giving up on me. I promise that I will never give up on this team."


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Pirates Upset By Jake Arrietta's HBP

May 15, 2016 1:33 AM

This season's games between the Cubs and Pirates haven't been as competitive as many thought, but the rivalry has remained heated nonetheless.

For the second time in as many series, both benches were warned Saturday after each side hit a batter.

Some Pirates thought Cubs starter Jake Arrieta's fourth-inning pitch, which hit Jung Ho Kang, was intentional, though the Cubs vehemently denied it.

Both sides agreed that Pirates starter Jeff Locke's sixth-inning fastball, which nicked catcher Miguel Montero, wasn't intentional.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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MLB Moves Pirates-Marlins Series Out Of Puerto Rico

May 7, 2016 2:26 AM

Zika virus concerns have forced the Pirates-Marlins series out of Puerto Rico, with the two games instead shifted to Miami this month.

MLB and the players' union made the announcement Friday. Pittsburgh and Miami will meet on May 30-31 at Marlins Park.

The union had asked commissioner Rob Manfred to relocate the games after several players expressed fears about getting and possibly transmitting the Zika virus.


Tags: Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

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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

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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.


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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?"

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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."

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David Freese Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Pirates
David Freese hit .257, with 14 homers and 56 RBIs with the Angels last season.


Orioles Agree To One-Year, $5.75M Deal With Pedro Alvarez
The Pirates elected not to tender Pedro Alvarez, who also made $5.75 million in 2015, a contract.

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Gerrit Cole Disapointed With Current Contract
Gerrit Cole went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA last season for the Pirates.


McCutchen, Pirates Will Discuss Deal 'At Appropriate Time'
Neal Huntington said Tuesday that the Pirates will discuss a new contract with Andrew McCutchen at "the appropriate time."

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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.


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.


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