November 2013 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Berkman Leaning Towards Retirement

Nov 21, 2013 6:04 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently made an inquiry on Lance Berkman, but his agent said he is leaning towards retirement.

Berkman hit .242/.340/.359 in just 294 plate appearances with the Texas Rangers in 2013.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Josh Johnson Choosing Between 3-4 Suitors

Nov 19, 2013 4:44 PM

Josh Johnson has narrowed his decision down to three or four teams, according to the right-hander's agent.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among the finalists and a deal could happen shortly.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates

Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen Win MVPs

Nov 15, 2013 10:43 AM

Miguel Cabrera was named the American League MVP for the second straight year on Thursday night, while Andrew McCutchen cruised to National League MVP honors.

Cabrera earned 23 of 30 first-place votes to once again beat out Mike Trout for the award.

McCutchen received 28 of 30 first-place votes to easily top Paul Goldschmidt.

In recent RealGM polls both Cabrera and McCutchen were tabbed as winners of the MVP award in wide margins.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Personal Award

Francona, Hurdle Honored As Top Managers

Nov 13, 2013 8:12 AM

Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle were honored as the top managers in the American and National League, respectively.

Francona edged long-time friend John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox 112 points to 96.

"I have a feeling he wouldn't trade what they did for this any day of the week," Francona said.

Hurdle was a runaway winner, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots after taking the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Personal Award

Mazeroski's Auction Items Take In $1.7M

Nov 9, 2013 4:55 PM

The uniform that Bill Mazeroski wore when he hit a walk-off home run for the Pirates during the final game of the 1960 World Series has a new owner after an auction of the his memorabilia.

Hunt Auctions said Saturday the collection took in $1.7M, with the uniform commanding a sales price of $633,000.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Legal, Misc Rumor

Burnett Still Undecided On Pitching In 2014

Nov 6, 2013 8:24 AM

A.J. Burnett remains undecided between pitching next season or retirement, according to agent Darek Braunecker.

Burnett went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 191 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Finalists For BWAA Awards Announced

Nov 6, 2013 8:10 AM

The finalists for the Baseball Writers Association of America awards for the 2013 season have been announced.

Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis and Mike Trout are up for American League MVP, while the National League MVP will be either Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen or Yadier Molina.

The finalists for the AL CY Young award are Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma. The NL Cy Young has been narrowed down to Jose Fernandez, Clayton Kershaw or Adam Wainwright.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Personal Award

Pirates Hope To Retain Burnett With Qualifying Offer

Nov 1, 2013 12:59 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates want to re-sign A.J. Burnett and they hope to do so by offering him the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer.

Burnett has said that he will return to pitch for Pittsburgh or retire.

Tom Singer/

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor