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NL notes: Phils, Flaherty, Brewers, Mets, Pirates

Phillies utilityman Ryan Flaherty plans to opt out of his minor league contract, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com tweets. The Phillies will have 48 hours to add Flaherty to their 25-man roster or let him go. Odds are that they’ll grant him his release, per Zolecki. The 31-year-old Flaherty was a member of the Orioles from 2012-17, and Baltimore reportedly made an attempt to keep him before...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
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Pirates sign Ji-Hwan Bae

The Pirates have signed Korean shortstop prospect Ji-Hwan Bae for a bonus worth around $1.25MM, according to Adam Berry of MLB.com. PiratesProspects.com was the first outlet to report the news.The addition of Bae means the Pirates have spent roughly $5.25MM of their available $5.75MM pool space for the 2017-18 signing period, Berry notes. He received the second-largest bonus the...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
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Hayes, Luplow among top performers

Pirates prospects Ke'Bryan Hayes and Jurdan Luplow were among top performers on Tuesday.
Via Pirates.com
22 hours ago

Musgrove takes positives from rough outing

As he made his way back from an early spring setback, Joe Musgrove found few opportunities to consistently pitch in a game-like atmosphere. His first outing was on a back field at Pirate City. His first Grapefruit League start lasted less than three innings against the Yankees.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Rivero confident in makeup of Bucs' bullpen

Felipe Rivero sits in the back corner of the Pirates' clubhouse at LECOM Park. It's a good spot for him to set up his laptop and portable mixing board, which provides the soundtrack for some early Spring Training mornings. It's also an ideal vantage point to scan the rest of the room.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training offensive standouts

With Spring Training approaching the horizon, a few players are opening eyes and proving that they belong on the big league roster while others are solidifying their big league acumen. Opening Day is just 10 days away, making this week pivotal for those vying for a final roster spot or an everyday role. For starters, top outfield prospect Austin Meadows was optioned back to Triple...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates sign LHP Kevin Siegrist to minor-league deal

The Pirates have inked left-hander Kevin Siegrist to a minor-league contract, the team announced today in a press release. He’s received an invitation to spring training camp as well.Siegrist had recently pitched before a crowd of about 20 scouts in Florida, making an attempt to show teams he’s healthy and can bounce back after an injury-marred 2017 campaign with the Cardinals and...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire All-Star Corey Dickerson from Rays

Mere days after designating All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, the Tampa Bay Rays have dealt the veteran to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations. This continues what has been a major fire sale for the Rays. It also comes after their shocking decision to designate the 2017 All-Star...
Via Sportsnaut
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mother of Pirates C Elias Diaz kidnapped in Venezuela

Major League Baseball has been hit with some serious news on Thursday. News broke that the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz was kidnapped in Venezuela.Citing Venezuelan website Meridiano, Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that “Diaz’s mother was kidnapped in San Francisco, in the state of Zulia, on Thursday afternoon.”Pirates president Frank Coonelly...
Via Sportsnaut
February 08, 2018  |  Discuss

Report: Oscar winner to direct Roberto Clemente biopic

The same studio that brought “42” to the big screen is bringing the story of Roberto Clemente to the masses.And now it has its director.According to Variety, Legendary has brought in Academy Award winner Ezra Edelman, best known for 2016’s "O.J.: Made in America," to helm a biopic on the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer. The Clemente film will be based on author David Maraniss’ 2006...
Via Hall of Very Good
February 06, 2018  |  Discuss

Where can Josh Bell improve at the plate in 2018?

This offseason has been historically slow, but that hasn’t prevented the sads from invading just about every Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Watching two of their most popular players in Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole get traded away is quite a justifiable reason be upset.General manager Neal Huntington and the rest of the Pittsburgh front office have said they want to contend in 2018...
Via The Sports Daily
January 31, 2018  |  Discuss

Pirates fans petitioning for owner Bob Nutting to sell team

Pittsburgh Pirates fans are furious after the team traded away two of its biggest stars this offseason, and many of them have turned on ownership because of it.A petition that was started on Change.org this week seeks to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team. As of Thursday morning, it had already been signed by more than 22,000 people. The goal was set at 25,000 signatures...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 18, 2018  |  Discuss

Harrison wants trade if Pirates are not committed to winning

The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be transitioning into a rebuilding phase after they failed to make the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, and star outfielder Josh Harrison does not want to be a part of it.In a statement released to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic on Tuesday, Harrison made it clear that he is unhappy the Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. He also...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 16, 2018  |  Discuss

Grading the deal: Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen to Giants

Just a day after covering the Gerrit Cole trade, we're back to talk about Pittsburgh again. While it's certainly not surprising that the Cole trade signaled the start of the Pirates' emptying the pantry, it all seems to be happening rather quickly. On Monday, Pittsburgh traded the face of their franchise for the last nigh to a decade, Andrew McCutchen, to San Francisco in exchange...
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January 16, 2018  |  Discuss

Grading the deal: Houston aims to repeat with Gerrit Cole trade

This weekend, after a few days of back and forth on the rumor front, we finally got sweet, sweet confirmation that Houston was indeed making a swap with Pittsburgh in order to acquire righty starter Gerrit Cole. The return for the Pirates was RHPs Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin. Let us dig in and enjoy the meatiest tidbit we...
Via RealGM - NBA
January 15, 2018  |  Discuss

Giants to reportedly acquire Andrew McCutchen

The San Francisco Giants are ready to party like it’s 2013. Earlier in the offseason, the Giants would acquire Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays. But now they’re adding to their outfield—acquiring Andrew McCutchen from the Pirates. Of course, the Giants need all the help they can get after just enduring a 64-98 season.But, how much can we expect out of McCutchen going forward...
Via The Sports Post
January 15, 2018  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole really is going to the Astros

Gerrit Cole is joining the Houston Astros. For real this time. No seriously, this time we mean it. Saturday afternoon, the Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates reportedly struck a deal to send Cole to the defending champions. But it’s the return that seems light, despite Cole coming off of a down 2017.“The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to a trade to send ace pitcher Gerrit Cole...
Via The Sports Post
January 13, 2018  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole’s wife posts funny tweet about trade rumors

The trade rumor mill took Gerrit Cole for quite the ride this week, and his significant other was definitely feeling the same way.Cole’s wife Amy took to Twitter to post a fitting GIF in the wake of erroneous reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander had been traded. Take a look: Cole, who has been with Pittsburgh for his entire MLB career, was reported on Wednesday to have...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 13, 2018  |  Discuss

WATCH: Andrew McCutchen hits 26 MPH on treadmill

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is a fast, fast man. We knew this. Even still, knowing he’s fast doesn’t prepare one for seeing him hit 26 miles per hour on a treadmill.Check out this man’s blazing speed. A post shared by  Andrew McCutchen (@cutchtwenty2) on Jan 12, 2018 at 4:01pm PST I’m tired just watching him run.Funny enough, McCutchen saw MLB on Twitter posting...
Via Sportsnaut
January 12, 2018  |  Discuss

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