December 2015 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

John Jaso Signs With Pirates, Plans Move To First Base

Dec 28, 2015 7:13 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed John Jaso to a two-year, $8 million contract.

Jaso, 32, has played mostly in the outfield and at catcher in the past, but the Pirates plan to use him at first base. He has played first in just two Major Leagues games.

"John is enthusiastic about playing in Pittsburgh and developing as a first baseman," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We feel he has the ability to play the position at the major league level."

Jaso will earn $4 million in each of the next two seasons under the deal. He can make an additional $1 million annually in performance bonuses.

Associated Press

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Mat Latos Drawing Interest From Five Teams

Dec 22, 2015 4:51 PM

Five teams have checked on Mat Latos, who is looking to sign a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value.

The Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals have shown interest in the right-hander.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ryan Vogelsong Signs With Pirates

Dec 18, 2015 4:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Ryan Vogelsong, but the terms of the deal are unknown.

Vogelsong logged a rough 4.67 ERA with 7.2 K/9 against 3.9 BB/9 last season.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Pirates Acquire Jason Rogers From Brewers

Dec 18, 2015 8:25 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Jason Rogers from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league outfielder Keon Broxton and pitcher Trey Supak.

Rogers, 27, hit .296 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 86 games in 2015. He hit .265 with two homers and eight RBIs in 58 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

Associated Press

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Pirates Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez

Dec 15, 2015 3:06 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to re-sign Sean Rodriguez, according to a source.

Rodriguez hit just .246 in 139 games with Pittsburgh last season, but the club values his versatility. He has played every position except catcher and pitcher in the Major Leagues.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Mets, Pirates Complete Niese-For-Walker Trade

Dec 10, 2015 5:58 AM

The New York Mets have acquired Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jonathan Niese.

New York focused on acquiring Walker after Ben Zobrist signed with the Chicago Cubs in free agency.

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco compared the trade for Walker to how the Mets moved on from their aborted pursuit of Carlos Gomez at the trade deadline. The Mets turned around and acquired Yoenis Cespedes.

"It came together pretty quickly today," Ricco said. "I think the start of it was last night. Roy Smith, one of our top scouts, was in contact with the Pirates. They mentioned Neil Walker might be available. We started talking about some names back and forth. It really came together about midday today to where we got some traction and were able to get a deal done. ... He's a guy we had on our short list, but didn't know if he would be available. We view him as a real positive alternative to the deal we were looking to do the other day. He fits on a lot of different levels -- a switch-hitter. He's got some power. A real good fit for our team. I think we're pretty happy to have him."

Adam Rubin/ESPN

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Mets, Pirates Deep In Talks On Neil Walker

Dec 9, 2015 3:34 PM

The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates are deep in trade talks regarding Neil Walker, according to multiple reports.

Jon Niese is one name that has been mentioned as a possible return for Walker.

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

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Pirates Decline To Offer Pedro Alvarez Contract

Dec 3, 2015 8:03 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates declined to offer Pedro Alvarez a contract for the 2016 season on Wednesday, making him a free agent.

Alvarez, 28, led the Pirates with 27 home runs this past season but struggled defensively making the transition from third base to first.

He made $5.75 million last season and probably was due a significant raise in arbitration.

Associated Press

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Pirates Interested In Justin Masterson

Dec 2, 2015 8:33 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in Justin Masterson, according to a report.

Masterson is believed to be seeking a one-year deal to reset his value after a few down seasons.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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