February 2019 - 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

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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.



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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.


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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.



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