August 2019 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Pirates Likely To Exercise Chris Archer's 2020 Option

Aug 26, 2019 7:34 AM

Neal Huntington has strongly implied that the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to pick up Chris Archer's $9 million team option for next season.

Archer is currently on the injured list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

"There's a lot to like with Chris Archer. We want to make sure that we do the right thing by him," Huntington said.  "We don't want him to feel like he has to come back out to earn his spot. We see some really positive signs. We recognize the issues and challenges, but we see some really positive signs and expect Chris is going to be a really good major league pitcher again next year."

The Pirates acquired Archer in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2018 deadline. In 172 innings with Pittsburgh, he has a 4.92 ERA and 10.6 K/9.

Nubyjas Wilborn/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Pirates Waive Francisco Cervelli After He Requests Release

Aug 23, 2019 8:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have requested unconditional release waivers on Francisco Cervelli, who is working his way back from another concussion and is hoping to catch on with a contender.

The catcher hasn't played since May 25.

Cervelli is in the final season of a three-year, $31 million contract.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jameson Taillon To Miss 2020 Season After Tommy John Surgery

Aug 15, 2019 7:50 AM

Jameson Taillon will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for a second time.

The Pittsburgh Pirates said Taillon had the operation a day earlier in New York. The club initially hoped Taillon would need surgery on only his right flexor tendon, but during the operation, Dr. David Altchek determined that Taillon also needed surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to him personally yet. I reached out to him yesterday. I received the news yesterday, so, yeah, it wasn't the result or the finding that we were looking for or hoping for," Clint Hurdle said.

Taillon, 27, had Tommy John surgery in April 2014 while still in the Minor Leagues.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury, Misc Rumor

Pirates Release Jung Ho Kang

Aug 5, 2019 8:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Jung Ho Kang.

Kang re-signed with the Pirates for $3 million after missing virtually all of the last two seasons.

He missed considerable time with alcohol-related issues.

Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pirates Shut Down Jameson Tallon For Season

Aug 3, 2019 1:41 PM

Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon needs surgery to repair a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm and has been shut down for the season.

Taillon last pitched on May 1. The 27-year-old, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014, was on the injured list for several weeks and then experienced a setback while trying to rehab last month.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury, Misc Rumor

Reds-Pirates Brawl Results In 40 Games Of Suspensions

Aug 1, 2019 5:55 PM

Major League Baseball on Thursday suspended six players and both managers for their roles in the benches-clearing brawl between the Pirates and Reds on Tuesday night.

Reds manager David Bell (six games) and pitchers Amir Garrett (eight games) and Jared Hughes (three games) were disciplined. Yasiel Puig, who acknowledged after Tuesday's game that he had been traded to the Indians before Wednesday's official announcement, was suspended for three games.

Pirates pitcher Keone Kela got the longest ban at 10 games for "intentionally" throwing a pitch near the head of the Reds' Derek Dietrich and later instigating the brawl. Teammates Jose Osuna (five games) and Kyle Crick (three games) and manager Clint Hurdle (two games) also were disciplined by MLB.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Suspension