Watch Jung Ho Kang take groundballs 5 months after breaking leg

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is back on a baseball diamond.On the verge of rejoining his Pirates teammates at spring training, Kang is getting in some extra work as he returns from a torn meniscus and broken tibia in his left leg that cut his rookie season short in September.The 28-year-old South Korean infielder shared a video on Friday of himself taking groundballs...
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2016 Fantasy Baseball: Propsect Profile — Tyler Glasnow

Profile Tyler Glasnow is the Pirates top prospect. The 22-year-old right-hander has a tremendous fastball, ranging in the upper-90s. The 5th round pick in the 2011 has been wildly inconsistent in the minors to this point. The best word that many use to describe him would be “raw”, but he has shown signs of turning into a true ace at the major league level. His fastball is far...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Eric O'Flaherty agrees to minor league contract with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Left-hander Eric O'Flaherty has agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will report to major league spring training. O'Flaherty posted a combined 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA in 30 innings and 41 relief appearances last season with Oakland and the New York Mets, who acquired him on Aug. 4. He has a 22-11 career with a 3.24 ERA and one save in...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates sign pitcher Cory Luebke to minor-league deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former San Diego Padres pitcher Cory Luebke to a minor-league contract. The deal, announced Thursday, includes an invitation to spring training. The 30-year-old Luebke put together a 10-12 record in 55 appearances (25 starts) with the Padres from 2010-12. Luebke posted a 3.86 ERA in seven minor-league appearances in the San Diego...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Players, colleagues mourn the loss of Pirates beat reporter Tom Singer

Before spring training gets underway, the baseball world is in mourning over the loss of one of its own.MLB.com reporter Tom Singer, who covered the Pittsburgh Pirates for the past four seasons, passed away at the age of 67 on Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.Singer, who began covering baseball in 1974, battled a variety of health issues over the past few years.Upon learning...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates off-season changes

The Pittsburgh Pirates will definitely have a new look coming into the 2016 season. Once again they’ll set their sights on the post season, this time hoping to advance further into the playoffs after a disappointing finish to 2015 cut those dreams short. Although the Buccos finished the season with the second best overall record in baseball, they were eliminated by the Chicago...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After winning 98 games during the 2015 regular season, the Pittsburgh Pirates playoff hopes were quickly spoiled by Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card one-game playoff. Usually that many wins is good enough to win a division title, but with a jam-packed National League Central Division, the Pirates fell a few games short of the division crown and were...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: 2016 Offseason Report Card

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America Usually, when a major-league team wins 98 games in one season, they handily win their division and often will earn home-field advantage throughout the league playoffs. Unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2015’s National League Central was anything but usual, and 98 wins earned the Pirates nothing but a one-night stand with the Chicago...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire former first-round pick Biddle from Phillies

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired pitching prospect Jesse Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal, announced Tuesday, sends Biddle to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina. The 24-year-old Biddle was a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 first-year player draft. Biddle went 9-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 24 combined minor...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

In 2016 we learn how much trust the Pirates deserve

For whatever reason, the catch-phrase “Trust the Process” never quite caught on with Neal Huntington’s rebuild of the Pirates in the way that it did in Houston with Jeff Luhnow’s work or in Kansas City with Dayton Moore. For the most part, Pirate fans were skeptical of Huntington right up until the Pirates clinched their first playoff spot in 20+ years in 2013. Since then...
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Pittsburgh Pirates: Five prospects crack the Top 100

The Pittsburgh Pirates have five prospects featured on MLBPipeline’s 2016 Top 100 Prospects list. First baseman Josh Bell, pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, outfielder Austin Meadows and catcher Reese McGuire make up the Bucs representation on this year’s list. Glasnow, who was drafted by the Pirates in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, is the highest ranked Pittsburgh...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals sign former Orioles OF Snider to minor league deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have signed former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Snider, who turns 28 on Tuesday, spent most of last season with Baltimore after getting traded from Pittsburgh. He hit .237 with three homers and 20 RBIs for the Orioles before clearing waivers in August and...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

A Strategy For Deploying Baseball’s Best Backup Catcher

It wasn’t that long ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates were a laughingstock. They experienced two decades of losing seasons from 1993 to 2012, but getting that proverbial monkey off their backs in 2013 didn’t exactly free them from the pain baseball can inflict. In fact, the Pirates found a way to be simultaneously great and depressing. They’ve hosted three consecutive wild-card...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates bringing back yellow jerseys?

NOTE: This is not official. Not even close. But based on this Tweet from Pirates Equipment/Clubhouse Manager Scott Bonnett, it sure looks like it… Bonnett quickly deleted the tweet once people noticed and started to freak out….but you can’t erase the internet. The quick deletion leads me to believe that, yeah, we were on to something. Obviously that shot doesn’t give you...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cervelli open to extension with Pirates, wants $39 million

If Francisco Cervelli has his wish, the Pittsburgh Pirates will pay him a handsome sum to remain their catcher.According to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cervelli is open to the idea of remaining in Pittsburgh, and he reportedly has targeted his demands. The Tribune-Review reports that Cervelli, who will turn 30 before the beginning of the 2016 season, wants to be...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB unveils new hire and program to increase minority and female hiring

In an effort to further promote diversity, Major League Baseball has hired former Pittsburgh Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks to head up a new program designed to increase the number of female and minority candidates available for jobs in baseball ops and on the field. Prior to working for the Pirates, Brooks held positions with the Indians and Braves The league...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will have a bench coach in 2016

After a season without a bench coach, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will have an official right-hand man by his side in the dugout this year.The Pirates announced Wednesday that they have promoted major-league coach Dave Jauss to bench coach after a year without a bench coach following the departure of Jeff Banister, who formerly held the role, to the Texas Rangers.While...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB forms new program aimed at increasing diversity

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has hired Tyrone Brooks from the Pittsburgh Pirates as senior director of its new front office and field staff diversity pipeline program. The program is designed to increase the pool minority and female candidates for on-field and baseball operations positions. Brooks, 42, had been Pittsburgh's director of player personnel. He will report...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano and a League-Wide Trend

It’s been true for each of the last five years, that Francisco Liriano has finished each season with a higher strikeout rate than the one before it. It’s been true for each of the last four years, that Liriano has finished each season with a slower average fastball velocity than the one before it. The magnitude of these differences isn’t substantial — he’s gained a little...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The winter of blah

I’m checking in here for the first time in a few weeks…and while there have been some moves along the way, the summary of the offseason is about the same. Underwhelming. Not exciting. Some possibly shrewd under the radar moves and decent value buys, sure. And don’t get me wrong – the Pirates still project to be a good team. It’s just hard to get especially excited about...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates owner: I'd love to see Andrew McCutchen stay with us 'forever'

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen has had a tremendous influence on the Pirates and the City of Pittsburgh over the past seven years, and the Pirates want him to continue having an impact on the club for many years to come. Drafted by the Pirates in the first round of the 2005 draft, McCutchen has played a major role in the team's return to prominence, which has culminated in three...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Mets and LHP Bastardo agree to $12M, 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal says free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have agreed to terms on a $12 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made. Bastardo was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and one save in 66 games last season...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Stewart agrees to $3 million, 2-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Catcher Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, a deal that includes a 2018 club option. Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017 under Tuesday's agreement. The Pirates' option is at $1.5 million with a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old hit .289 with eight...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Retired Numbers: Pittsburgh Pirates

(This is part of a series on retired numbers, with somewhat of a focus on Retired Number Bandits — players who wore a number that was later retired at any point after the person for whom it was retired first wore it. See the introduction for more information and explanation on Bandits.) The Pittsburgh Pirates have […]
Via Baseball Essential
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Off-season Spending and the Curious Overemphasis on the Bullpen

Last week the Pirates wrapped up one of the last formalities of the off-season by settling the contracts of all their arbitration eligible players. There are still a few more weeks left before the team commences with Spring Training. Perhaps GM Neal Huntington will make another addition to the club before then. But in all likelihood the opening day payroll of the club looks to be...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss
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