October 2013 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Morneau Wants To Sign With Winning Team

Oct 17, 2013 9:21 AM

Justin Morneau isn't going to close any doors at this point, but his preference would be to sign with a winning club this winter.

"My options are all open," he said. "I've got 30 options. Obviously some of them are less of a chance than others, but I'm open to anything right now.

"Obviously nothing can be done until five days after the World Series. I can only talk to Pittsburgh and after that it's open for everybody. I enjoyed my time there and I enjoyed my time in Minnesota. But we'll see what the best situation is for my family and myself."

Morneau went to the playoffs with the Pirates this season after an August trade, his first trip to the postseason since 2006.

"We'll see what the best fit is … for myself and the team," he said. "Obviously you can't predict the future, you say, 'This team looks like they're going to be good,' but there's nothing guaranteed for that.

"But as a player, all you can ask for at this point is a chance to win and somewhere that you're going to go and have fun. There's nothing to say that couldn't happen in Minnesota or someone else. I'm not too sure. Obviously that's not really the answer anyone was looking for, but I'm open right now and looking at the options and we'll see."

Sid Hartman/Star Tribune

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Pirates Shut Down Taillon With Groin Issue

Oct 15, 2013 8:04 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have shut down Jameson Taillon, their top prospect, due to a groin injury.

Taillon suffered the injury on Oct. 8 in the Arizona Fall League opener.

"He is seeing the doctors (Monday), but we expect him to be ready for spring training," assistant general manager Kyle Stark said.

The Pirates had hoped to use the AFL to build up Taillon's innings count.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

Pirates Want To Keep Walker, Alvarez Over Long-Term

Oct 8, 2013 12:18 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have to make contract decisions on core players Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez soon, but they seem willing to keep both.

"Both Neil and Pedro will be eligible for arbitration -- Neil for the second time, he was eligible last year as a Super Two player, Pedro this year for the first time," president Frank Coonelly said.

"They'll both be members of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the next three years, if nothing happens in terms of long-term arrangements. There have been discussions in the past with Neil, and I suspect we'll have those discussions again, and we look forward to keeping them as key members of the organization."

Tom Singer/MLB.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Twins Acquire Welker To Complete Morneau Deal

Oct 5, 2013 5:10 PM

The Minnesota Twins have acquired right-hander Duke Welker from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Welker is the player to be named later in the Justin Morneau deal completed in the summer.


Zach Links/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Cardinals Will Start Wacha In Game 4

Oct 4, 2013 5:50 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have decided to start Michael Wacha in Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shelby Miller, another rookie pitcher, had been an option for the fourth game of the NLDS.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates

Marlon Byrd Open To Reunion With Mets

Oct 4, 2013 9:34 AM

Marlon Byrd, who is enjoying a postseason run with the Pittsburgh Pirates, is open to returning to the New York Mets.

The Mets traded Byrd to the Pirates in late August.

"I've talked to Sandy [Alderson], I told him thank you for the opportunity at the beginning of the year and thank you for the opportunity to play for a winner," Byrd said of when he left the Mets. "I told him, 'If you want me back, I would love to come back.'"

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Lynn Will Start Game 2 For Cardinals

Oct 2, 2013 8:13 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that Lance Lynn will start Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lynn, who was 15-10 with a 3.97 ERA during the regular season, went 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA over his last four starts.

"It's an honor," Lynn said. "This time of the year you don't care when you start, you're looking forward to it."

Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 for the Cardinals.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates Win First Postseason Game Since 1992

Oct 2, 2013 8:09 AM

Russell Martin homered twice as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 for their first playoff win in 21 years.

The win allowed Pittsburgh to advance to the National League Division Series, where they will face the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We're for real," Andrew McCutchen said. "We're definitely for real."

"We didn't talk about one-and-done; we talked about one and run," Clint Hurdle said. "Win one and run to St. Louis."

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Game Recap, Team Achievement