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MLB notebook: Rays’ managerial search narrowed to 3 finalists

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. ...
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MLB notebook: Owners approve 5-year term for new commissioner

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — • Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will ...
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Pirates cut ties with first baseman Davis, add several players to 40-man roster

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates traded for Ike Davis in April, hoping they had found a long-term solution at first base. On Thursday, the team cut ties with ...
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Pirates claim shortstop Florimon off waivers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers Thursday from the Washington Nationals, the Nationals announced.
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Ex-Pirates catcher Russell Martin introduced as Blue Jay

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette As though the Toronto Blue Jays uniform and hat didn’t bring Russell Martin’s return to his hometown into stark relief, his bilingual introductory press conference did.
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Pirates ready to protect top pitching prospects from Rule 5 draft

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates will tweak their 40-man roster Thursday before the deadline to add minor leaguers and protect them from the Rule 5 draft. A player ...
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As Rule 5 draft nears, roster moves due for Pirates

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates face decisions on talented prospects in advance of tonight’s deadline to protect minor league players from the Rule 5 draft.
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MLB notebook: Stanton’s deal with Marlins heavily backloaded

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — • Giancarlo Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Marlins. The agreement includes ...
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MLB Notebook: Pirates sign former top draft pick Lincoln, nine others

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates signed minor league free agent Brad Lincoln, their first-round draft pick in 2006, to a minor league contract Tuesday, along with nine other minor league free agents.
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Pirates sign 10, including former first-round pick, to minor league contract

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates signed minor league free agent Brad Lincoln, their first-round draft pick in 2006, to a minor league contract Tuesday, along with nine other minor league free agents.
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Pirates sign right-hander Brad Lincoln to minor league deal

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates signed right-hander Brad Lincoln, their first-round draft pick in 2006, to a minor league contract Monday, according to Major League Baseball's official transactions page.
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Sources: Pirates went ‘deep into the process,’ offering Martin 4-year contract

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The Pirates were willing to stretch, at least in years, to retain free agent catcher Russell Martin. According to two sources, the Pirates offered Martin ...
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MLB notebook: Braves, Cards address needs in 4-player swap

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — ATLANTA — Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. ...
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Reports: Russell Martin agrees to 5-year, $82 million deal with Blue Jays

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates will see a familiar face when they play the Toronto Blue Jays in their spring training opener. According to multiple reports, catcher Russell ...
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Reports: Russell Martin to sign with Blue Jays

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Free-agent catcher Russell Martin agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays Monday on a five-year, $82 million contract, according to multiple reports.
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Freeport grad Cromie takes advantage of his opportunities, serves as assistant GM for Nationals

Pittsburgh Tribune (Doug Gulasy) — Like many baseball fans, Adam Cromie read “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” when it came out in 2003. But more than being ...
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Freeport grad living baseball dream with Nationals

Pittsburgh Tribune (Doug Gulasy) — Like many baseball fans, Adam Cromie read “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” when it came out in 2003. But more than being ...
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Starkey: Burnett’s a bargain for Bucs

Pittsburgh Tribune (Joe Starkey) — A.J. Burnett made a promise Friday. “I’m going to be the same A.J. I was when I was there before,” he told 93.7 The Fan. ...
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Gene Collier: A.J. Burnett’s back, but is it for better, or worse?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Does this sound like it will end well for the Pirates and Burnett? Me neither.
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Blog Articles

In which we look back at last night’s roster moves …

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Last night, the Pirates put catcher Elias Diaz, outfielder Willy Garcia, and pitchers Nick Kingham and Jameson Taillon on the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. GM Neal...
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Bucs reportedly add Florimon, Liz

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates have not yet announced what is expected to be a flurry of roster moves to protect select prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Pitchers Jameson Taillon and Nick Kingham and catcher Elias...
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Do you want the bad news? More bad news? Or the silver linings?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CLARK BUILDING –  Busy day in baseball, eh? (Get it … Canadian!) The first dose of bad news (independent of contract) for the Pirates is Russell Martin officially signed elsewhere on...
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Monday Mop-Up: Closing the revenue divide?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Have you seen the contract details that the Marlins and 25-year-old superstar Giancarlo Stanton are reportedly close to agreeing upon? Something like 13 years and $325 million?...
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Batman returns

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Holy Friday news dump, Batman! As you are probably aware of by now, A.J Burnett returned to the Pirates on Friday, signing a one-year, $8.5 million deal. He turned down a...
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MVP decision is done. Busy offseason looms.

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Do I harbor at least a little bit of bias against a pitcher winning the league MVP award? Yeah, I suppose I do. Position players are on the field pretty much every day, and they can influence the...
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The little trade that could … save 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Yes, the Pirates have voids in the rotation. Yes, first base is unsettled and Andrew McCutchen believes it’s a priority need. Yes, the bullpen regressed greatly in 2014....
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Should baseball push for a franchise tag? And are the Pirates a mystery team?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I’m not sure the qualifying offer is helping anyone. The qualifying offer is now 0-for-34. None of the twelve free agents tagged with the qualifying offer – a...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: McCutchen speaks his mind

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Few have doubted Andrew McCutchen‘s comfort level on the field as a player who enters the week vying for a second straight MVP. He has already secured a third straight,...
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A missed opportunity?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I was asked in the office the other day about who was really most responsible for the Pirates’ ability to rehab starting pitchers: Ray Searage (and Jim Benedict) or...
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A pivot in spending? And an offer that Martin can’t (as easily) refuse

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates had never made a qualifying offer to a player. They made two on Monday, extending qualifying offers to Russell Martin - a no-brainer – and a tougher call, but...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: As free agency opens, Spread Option or Stretch Option?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – No, we’re not discussing football strategy or vernacular today. Rather, we’re analyzing shopping lists as we ready for free agency, which opens Tuesday. Of course...
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Scary thought: How good can Cubs be with Joe Maddon?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Game 7 was a thrill for all baseball fans but for the Pirates more important event occurred earlier in the day when Jon Heyman reported former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon will...
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The other hot corner … And an estimate on Edinson

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Much of our focus here recently has centered on Russell Martin and understandably so. If we’re not talking about Martin, we’re probably discussing the potential...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: talking to myself about Russell Martin

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I went into researching Sunday’s story on the dilemma for the Pirates that is Russell Martin’s free agency with the same position that many in the public hold: ‘The Pirates...
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