Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Garth Brooks In Spring Training With Pirates

Feb 12, 2019 8:59 AM

Country music legend Garth Brooks will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brooks, 57, has previously been in the camps of the San Diego Padres (1999), New York Mets (2000) and Kansas City Royals (2004).

"As a celebrity, they haven't cut me yet, so we'll see," Brooks said with a laugh after taking ground balls at third base and fly balls in the outfield. "You've got to use your advantages, you know. Before you could crowd the plate all you want because nobody wanted to hit you. You haven't got speed. You haven't got fielding. You haven't got hitting. So, use the other thing you've got."

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Pirates, Melkey Cabrera Agree To Minor League Deal

Feb 10, 2019 1:18 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera have agreed to a minor league contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

The agreement was first reported Sunday by The Athletic. Cabrera can make up to $2 million in performance bonuses, according to ESPN and reports.



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

Francisco Liriano Agrees To Minor League Deal With Pirates

Feb 5, 2019 7:45 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a Minor League deal with Francisco Liriano.

Liriano will make $1.8 million if he makes the Major League roster, according to a source.

The 35-year-old pitched for the Detroit Tigers last season. He had a 4.58 ERA in 133 2/3 innings pitched.


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

Pirates Legend Bob Friend Dies At 88

Feb 4, 2019 12:51 AM

Bob Friend, who pitched more innings than anyone else in Pittsburgh Pirates history, died Sunday. He was 88.

The Pirates said Friend died at his home in Pittsburgh.

Friend holds Pirates record for innings (3,480 1/3), starts (477) and strikeouts (1,682). The right-hander was an NL All-Star in three seasons.



Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Dodgers, Pirates Having 'Ongoing' Talks About Starling Marte

Jan 22, 2019 8:11 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for some right-handed hitting and have had "ongoing and active discussions" with the Pittsburgh Pirates about Starling Marte, according to a report.

Marte is under contract through 2021.

Even after trading Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders.

Marte carries a base salary of $10 million this coming season.

Michael Duarte/NBC Los Angeles

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Pirates, A's Complete Trade

Dec 2, 2018 3:28 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Wilkin Ramos from Oakland as the player to be named from the November 20 trade of right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson to the A’s.

The 18-year-old Ramos went 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA (40.0ip/14er) and 38 strikeouts in 14 appearances (eight starts) during his first professional season in 2018 with the Dominican Summer League Athletics.  

Ramos was signed by Oakland as a non-drafted free agent on July 25, 2017.

Press Release

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Pirates To Sign Lonnie Chisenhall

Nov 27, 2018 8:02 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Lonnie Chisenhall.

The 30-year-old has played eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians.


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

A's Acquire Tanner Anderson From Pirates

Nov 21, 2018 7:53 AM

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-hander Tanner Anderson from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh will receive a player to be named later or cash.

Anderson, 25, made his Major League debut this past season. He went 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six outings spanning 11⅓ innings for the Pirates.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Dodgers Get David Freese To Fortify Bench

Sep 1, 2018 7:36 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday for minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez.

Freese, who is hitting .283/.337/.447 this season, will serve as a right-handed hitting platoon option at first base. He may also occasionally play third.

"He's a veteran presence, offensive, great clubhouse guy," Dave Roberts said. "Our guys [in the front office] have done a great job supporting us, and I'm really excited to have him."

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Chris Archer Hurts Left Leg While Batting

Aug 21, 2018 7:47 AM

Chris Archer left Monday night's start with left leg discomfort.

Archer was removed after four innings against the Atlanta Braves. He appeared to be injured while batting in the third inning. He fell as he attempted to check his swing while striking out.

Clint Hurdle and a Pittsburgh Pirates trainer visited the mound after Archer warmed up before the fourth, and he remained in the game for one more inning.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury, Misc Rumor

Cubs, Pirates To Meet In 2019 Little League Classic
The Pirates will face off against the Cubs in the 2019 Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.


Rays Land Another Top Prospect To Complete Chris Archer Deal
The Rays have received another top-100 prospect as the player to be named later in last month's Chris Archer trade with the Pirates.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Pirates Acquire Chris Archer From Rays
Chris Archer is a two-time All-Star.


Rays Have Asked Teams To Make Best, Final Offers For Chris Archer
The Dodgers, Yankees, Braves, Brewers and Padres have been linked to Chris Archer.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Pirates Land Keone Kela From Rangers
The Pirates have acquired reliever Keone Kela from the Rangers for two players to be named later.

Associated Press

Pirates Would 'Love To Add' Before Deadline
The Pirates have been red-hot as of late, which has changed their stance heading into the trade deadline.

Stephen J. Nesbitt/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Michael Wacha Loses No-Hitter In 9th Inning
Michael Wacha was disappointed losing a no-hit bid in the 9th inning for the second time in his career.


Former Pitcher Bruce Kison Dies At Age 68
Bruce Kison helped the Pirates in winning World Series titles in 1971 and 1979.


Pirates Minor Leaguer Returns To Japan Amid Investigation
A minor league shortstop in the Pirates organization has returned home to South Korea because of a police investigation into allegations he physically assaulted his ex-girlfriend.


Nick Kingham Near Perfect In MLB Debut
Pirates rookie Nick Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Cardinals on Sunday.


Pirates Claim Enny Romero Off Waivers From Nationals
Enny Romero made two relief appearances before being designated for assignment by the Nationals on April 7.

Press Release

Felipe Rivero Changes Name To Felipe Vazquez
He legally changed his surname to match that of his sister, Prescilla.

Associated Press

Ivan Nova Gets Opening Day Nod For Pirates
Ivan Nova could be a trade candidate for the Pirates, who moved Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole this offseason.

Associated Press

MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Lack Of Spending
The Major League Baseball Players' Association is upset over the lack of spending this offseason.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Mets Still Discussing Josh Harrison With Pirates
The Mets still believe a free agent addition is still more likely.

Mike Puma/New York Post

Josh Harrison Would Prefer Trade If Pirates Won't Contend
Following the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison says he'd prefer a trade from the Pirates if they don't have plans to contend.


Giants Acquire Andrew McCutchen From Pirates
Andrew McCutchen has a slash of .291/.379/.487 for his career.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Yankees Were Willing To Deal Clint Frazier In Trade For Gerrit Cole
The Pirates dealt Gerrit Cole to the Astros on Saturday for a four-player package, but they reportedly valued Clint Frazier over everyone they received in the deal.

Connor Byrne/MLB Trade Rumors

Astros Swing Deal With Pirates To Land Gerrit Cole
The Astros have boosted their rotation by completing a trade with the Pirates for Gerrit Cole.


Astros Seek Top Starter, Targeting Gerrit Cole
The Astros are "actively pursuing a high-end starter," according to owner Jim Crane.

Alyson Footer/MLB