July 2019 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Phillies Acquire Corey Dickerson From Pirates

Jul 31, 2019 3:08 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Dickerson is hitting .300 with four homers and 25 RBIs this season. He hit a career-high 27 dingers for the Rays in 2017.



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Brewers Send Pitching Prospect To Pirates For Jordan Lyles

Jul 29, 2019 6:13 PM

Jordan Lyles is heading back to the Brewers, who are desperate for starting pitching as they try to repeat as NL Central champions.

The Brewers acquired the right-hander from the Pirates on Monday for pitching prospect Cody Ponce, giving them a familiar name in their injury-depleted rotation. 


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Pirates Have No Plans To Trade Felipe Vazquez

Jul 22, 2019 8:33 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates may trade some veterans for prospects this month, but they won't be moving Felipe Vazquez.

Neal Huntington made it clear Sunday that he has no plans to trade his closer.

"We certainly understand why his name gets floated. He's one of the best relievers in baseball," Huntington said. "We're sitting behind a handful of teams. There is a history of teams sitting behind a handful of teams being willing to trade players, so it makes sense. We also have four-plus years of potential contribution from one of the best relievers in baseball.

"My job is to listen when someone makes the call, but we're not the one placing the calls to see what's out there. If somebody wants to explore anybody on our club, we have to. Back in the day, we had to explore on anybody and it's no different. It's our job. The rumor mill takes it where it takes it.

"But we always have to entertain ways to make this organization -- and ideally this current club -- better. Sometimes you make the future clubs better, but we fully anticipate Felipe will be closing the next playoff games that we're a part of."

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Phillies, Drew Smyly Agree To Deal

Jul 19, 2019 8:05 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a deal with left-hander Drew Smyly pending a physical, manager Gabe Kapler confirmed to reporters Friday.

If it goes through, the 30-year-old Smyly would move into the starting rotation and pitch Sunday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, Kapler said.

The Phillies do not have a left-hander in their rotation.


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Francisco Cervelli Denies He Wants To Stop Catching

Jul 13, 2019 4:54 PM

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli denies he wants to stop playing the position, saying Saturday it "was a misunderstanding."

Last Sunday, Cervelli was quoted as telling DKPittsburghSports.com "that's enough" after suffering his sixth documented concussion in the major leagues.

"This time is different," Cervelli was quoted as saying. "I can't live like this."


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Francisco Cervelli Is Done With Catching

Jul 7, 2019 9:47 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates' Francisco Cervelli said Sunday that he is done catching after suffering his sixth documented concussion in the major leagues.

"That's enough," Cervelli told DKPittsburghSports.com. "This time is different. I can't live like this."


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Joe Maddon: Pirates Pitching 'Out Of Control'

Jul 5, 2019 7:17 AM

Joe Maddon was ejected from Thursday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Maddon watched the final 5 1/2 innings of his team's victory following an exchange with Pittsburgh's dugout.

The manager took exception to Jordan Lyles pitching up and in to Javier Baez in the top of the fourth inning. After a pitch just missed hitting Baez, Maddon had to be restrained by plate umpire Joe West while appearing to make his way toward the Pirates' dugout.

"I mean, pent up frustration is one thing, but when your guys keep getting thrown at their head that's another thing too," Maddon said. "It's an industry-wide concept that we know that they are into and I have it from really good sources."

The inning after Maddon's ejection, Pirates reliever Clay Holmes hit Cubs third baseman David Bote in the head with the bases loaded.

"It was getting way too out of control, culminating in David getting hit in the head," Maddon said. "I have no issues with pitching inside. I'm an advocate, but when you [throw] that many pitches, not just that tonight, but it's been that way somewhat during the entire series. They have their pitching philosophy which again I appreciate outside, I don't appreciate up and in. Neither do the rest of us, they just need to be careful."


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