June 2013 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Cole's Stay With Pirates Could End Soon

Jun 25, 2013 8:06 AM

Gerrit Cole's stay in Pittsburgh's starting rotation may be brief.

Cole likely won't have a spot going forward when Wandy Rodriguez and A.J. Burnett return from injury.

Cole is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA through his first three starts. He has a 1.04 WHIP and eight strikeouts against one walk.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Cole Improves To 3-0, Besting Strasburg's Start

Jun 22, 2013 8:57 AM

Gerrit Cole beat the Angels on Friday night, giving him three wins in his first three starts for the Pirates.

Cole has now bested Jered Weaver, Tim Lincecum and Zack Greinke.

"That's like $400 million worth of pitching," Cole said. "We've just been scoring runs and giving me a chance."

Ben McDonald won in his first five starts in 1990, but Cole has moved into second place on the all-time No. 1 pick list. Stephen Strasburg won his first two starts in 2010.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Stats

Could Pirates Make Play For Stanton?

Jun 21, 2013 7:38 AM

The Pirates look like contenders in the first half for the third-straight year, but they'll need an offensive boost to avoid another late-season collapse.

Entering Wednesday's game the Pirates ranked 15th -- dead last -- in OPS at right field.

David Schoenfield writes that Pittsburgh's ownership needs to step up and sign off on acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins to ensure a playoff push.

"From the Pirates' perspective, the best thing is that Stanton is making only $537,000 this season, so he fits into their budget," Schoenfield writes.

"Sure, he'll get expensive starting next year when he first becomes arbitration-eligible, but that's the thing about acquiring him: You get him for three more seasons after this one. This isn't renting Zack Greinke for two months. And if Stanton gets too expensive for your tastes by 2016, you can always trade him then."

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins, Trade Rumor

Pirates Send Alex Presley To Triple-A

Jun 20, 2013 11:23 AM

Today the Pirates optioned OF Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis and are expected to recall RHP Duke Welker from Indianapolis.
In 25 games with Indy this season, Welker has gone 3-1 with three saves and a 2.78 ERA.  He was recalled by the Bucs a first time on May 8, but was optioned back on May 11 without having appeared in a big league game.
Welker is expected to join the Pirates in time for their game in Cincinnati this afternoon.

Press Release

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Orioles, Giants, Pirates Interested In Bud Norris

Jun 17, 2013 7:54 AM

The Houston Astros value Bud Norris as a trade chip as the trade deadline approaches and they'll look to get a significant return for the pitcher.

The Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates have all inquired about Norris, but a National League executive predicted that there will be a dozen teams in line before it's all said and done.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Pittsburgh Places A.J. Burnett On DL

Jun 14, 2013 3:56 PM

The Pirates have placed A.J. Burnett on the disabled list with a strained right calf.

Pittsburgh has replaced him on the roster with right-hander Charlie Morton, who returns to the majors almost a year to the day after having Tommy John surgery.

Burnett is 4-5 with a 3.12 ERA and is second in the National League with 99 strikeouts.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

Pirates Release Jose Contreras

Jun 14, 2013 8:19 AM

The Pirates have released Jose Contreras, who signed with the club this offseason as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Contreras struggled to get big league hitters out upon arriving in Pittsburgh. He surrendered five runs in just five innings, allowing seven hits and six walks.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor

Giants' Bochy, Kontos Suspended By MLB

Jun 12, 2013 6:41 PM

San Francisco relief pitcher George Kontons has been suspended for three games by Major League Baseball, which said he intentionally threw a pitch at Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been banned for one, according to an ESPN.com report on Wednesday.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Suspension

Pirates' Gerrit Cole Wins MLB Debut

Jun 12, 2013 12:58 AM

Gerrit Cole had nothing to be worried about as he took a shutout into the seventh inning and hit a two-run single in his first at-bat Tuesday night, leading the Pirates to an 8-2 win over the Giants, according to an ESPN.com report.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Game Recap

Giants Place Sandoval On 15-Day DL, Recall Noonan

Jun 11, 2013 5:40 PM

The Giants have put third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left foot, according to an ESPN.com report.

Infielder Nick Noonan was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to take Sandoval's roster spot. 


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

Pirates Place Wandy Rodriguez On 15-Day DL
The Pirates have placed left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day DL due to tightness in his forearm.


Pirates Send McDonald To Indians
The Pirates have traded infielder John McDonald to the Indians for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Press Release

Gerrit Cole To Make Debut For Pirates
Cole was the first overall pick in the 2011 Major League Draft.

Associated Press

MLB Draft Day One Results
Pitching dominated as 73 players were selected on the first night of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

RealGM Staff Report

Liriano's Vesting Option With Pirates Tied To DL
Francisco Liriano will make $6 million with Pittsburgh next season if he can avoid a lengthy stay on the DL.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Alvarez Open To Long-Term Deal With Pirates
If the Pirates are interested, Pedro Alvarez is open to discussing a long-term contract with the franchise.

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review