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Pirates Will Retain Neal Huntington As General Manager

Sep 30, 2019 7:48 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates let Clint Hurdle go on Sunday, but they'll retain general manager Neal Huntington.

Huntington has held the job since 2007. He's the fourth-longest tenured GM in the Major Leagues.

The Pirates haven't won a division title since 1992.

"While we felt it was time to make a change at the managerial level, I strongly believe that Neal Huntington and the leadership team that he has assembled are the right people to continue to lead our baseball operations department," owner Bob Nutting said. "... Neal and his leadership team are well into an extensive review of every element of our baseball operations."

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Pirates Fire Manager Clint Hurdle

Sep 29, 2019 2:12 PM

The Pirates fired manager Clint Hurdle on Sunday.

"Words cannot express how much respect and appreciation I have for Clint as a person and a leader," GM Neal Huntington said in a statement. "He was the right person at the right time to take on the enormous challenge of leading our Major League team out of an extended losing streak and piloting us to three straight Postseason appearances. We will be forever grateful for his dedication to the Pirates organization on and off the field. This was an extremely difficult decision for us. As an organization, we believe it was time for a managerial change to introduce a new voice and new leadership inside the clubhouse.

"This has been a challenging season on many levels. We are committed to assessing and improving upon our operations at all levels in order to return Postseason baseball to Pittsburgh."


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Pirates Shut Down Chris Archer

Sep 16, 2019 7:37 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are shutting down Chris Archer for the remainder of the season.

Archer was placed on the injured list August 21 after prematurely exiting a start the previous day with shoulder discomfort.

The Pirates hold a $9 million club option on Archer for 2020.

The right-hander posted a 5.19 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 119.2 innings this season.

Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pirates Likely To Exercise Chris Archer's 2020 Option

Aug 26, 2019 7:34 AM

Neal Huntington has strongly implied that the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to pick up Chris Archer's $9 million team option for next season.

Archer is currently on the injured list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

"There's a lot to like with Chris Archer. We want to make sure that we do the right thing by him," Huntington said.  "We don't want him to feel like he has to come back out to earn his spot. We see some really positive signs. We recognize the issues and challenges, but we see some really positive signs and expect Chris is going to be a really good major league pitcher again next year."

The Pirates acquired Archer in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2018 deadline. In 172 innings with Pittsburgh, he has a 4.92 ERA and 10.6 K/9.

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Pirates Waive Francisco Cervelli After He Requests Release

Aug 23, 2019 8:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have requested unconditional release waivers on Francisco Cervelli, who is working his way back from another concussion and is hoping to catch on with a contender.

The catcher hasn't played since May 25.

Cervelli is in the final season of a three-year, $31 million contract.

Associated Press

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Jameson Taillon To Miss 2020 Season After Tommy John Surgery

Aug 15, 2019 7:50 AM

Jameson Taillon will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for a second time.

The Pittsburgh Pirates said Taillon had the operation a day earlier in New York. The club initially hoped Taillon would need surgery on only his right flexor tendon, but during the operation, Dr. David Altchek determined that Taillon also needed surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to him personally yet. I reached out to him yesterday. I received the news yesterday, so, yeah, it wasn't the result or the finding that we were looking for or hoping for," Clint Hurdle said.

Taillon, 27, had Tommy John surgery in April 2014 while still in the Minor Leagues.

Associated Press

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Pirates Release Jung Ho Kang

Aug 5, 2019 8:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Jung Ho Kang.

Kang re-signed with the Pirates for $3 million after missing virtually all of the last two seasons.

He missed considerable time with alcohol-related issues.

Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pirates Shut Down Jameson Tallon For Season

Aug 3, 2019 1:41 PM

Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon needs surgery to repair a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm and has been shut down for the season.

Taillon last pitched on May 1. The 27-year-old, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014, was on the injured list for several weeks and then experienced a setback while trying to rehab last month.


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Reds-Pirates Brawl Results In 40 Games Of Suspensions

Aug 1, 2019 5:55 PM

Major League Baseball on Thursday suspended six players and both managers for their roles in the benches-clearing brawl between the Pirates and Reds on Tuesday night.

Reds manager David Bell (six games) and pitchers Amir Garrett (eight games) and Jared Hughes (three games) were disciplined. Yasiel Puig, who acknowledged after Tuesday's game that he had been traded to the Indians before Wednesday's official announcement, was suspended for three games.

Pirates pitcher Keone Kela got the longest ban at 10 games for "intentionally" throwing a pitch near the head of the Reds' Derek Dietrich and later instigating the brawl. Teammates Jose Osuna (five games) and Kyle Crick (three games) and manager Clint Hurdle (two games) also were disciplined by MLB.


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Phillies Acquire Corey Dickerson From Pirates

Jul 31, 2019 3:08 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Dickerson is hitting .300 with four homers and 25 RBIs this season. He hit a career-high 27 dingers for the Rays in 2017.



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Brewers Send Pitching Prospect To Pirates For Jordan Lyles
The Pirates will receive pitching prospect Cody Ponce from the Brewers.


Pirates Have No Plans To Trade Felipe Vazquez
The Pirates may trade some veterans for prospects this month, but they won't be moving Felipe Vazquez.

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Phillies, Drew Smyly Agree To Deal
Left-hander Drew Smyly will start for the Phillies on Sunday in Pittsburgh, pending a physical.


Francisco Cervelli Denies He Wants To Stop Catching
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli says it "was a misunderstanding."


Francisco Cervelli Is Done With Catching
The Pirates' Francisco Cervelli has suffered his sixth documented concussion in the major leagues.


Joe Maddon: Pirates Pitching 'Out Of Control'
Joe Maddon was ejected from Thursday's game between the Cubs and Pirates.


Vlad Jr., Josh Bell, Carlos Santana Fill Last Three HR Derby Spots
Blue Jays rookie Vladamir Guerrero Jr. will become the youngest player to compete in the Home Run Derby.


Josh Donaldson Wins Appeal
The Braves' Josh Donaldson will not be suspended after a benches-clearing incident with the Pirates.


Mike Moustakas HR Wins SUV For Fan
The Brewers beat the Pirates 5-2 on Sunday, sweeping the three-game series.


Pirates Seeking Mid-Season Acquisitions
The Pirates are 28-30, but they remain in the hunt in the National League Central.

Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results
The Orioles took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first pick on Monday night.

RealGM Staff Report

Josh Bell's 94 Total Bases Most In May Since Willie Mays In '58
Josh Bell's 94 total bases is the most by any player in any month in the Pirates' 138-year history.


Joe Musgrove Calls For Pirates To Add Rotation Help
The Pirates are without two starters currently and they've had to improvise with openers and spot starters.

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Pirates GM Wants Players To Re-Enter Games After Concussion Tests
Neal Huntington would like to see Major League Baseball allow players to re-enter games after being examined for concussions.

Associated Press

Pirates Place Francisco Cervelli On Concussion List
Catcher Jacob Stallings was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.


Pirates Shut Down Jameson Taillon For One Month
The Pirates have placed Jameson Taillon on the injured list with a right elbow flexor strain.

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Pirates Place Chris Archer On IL
Pirates starter Chris Archer has some inflammation in the thumb on his pitching hand.


Dodgers Homer In Record 33 Straight Home Games
Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run in the first inning Friday night as the Dodgers beat the Pirates by the score of 6-2.


Pirates' Chris Archer Drops Appeal
Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has begun serving a five-game suspension for an April 7 altercation.


MLB Suspends Chris Archer Five-Games, Yasiel Puig Gets Two-Game Ban
Chris Archer and Yasiel Puig were both suspended for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl last Sunday at PNC Park.