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Reports: Edinson Volquez to sign with Royals

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Right-hander Edinson Volquez agreed to terms with the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, according to multiple reports, including from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
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MLB notebook: Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod will be DH

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez’s days as an everyday fielder are over, and he hopes A-Rod will be New ...
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Former Rays utility infielder pleased to find new home

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sean Rodriguez was the fourth utility infielder the Pirates acquired this offseason after Pedro Alvarez’s move to first base set up Josh Harrison to play regularly at third.
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MLB notebook: Pirates’ Liriano receives $2 million signing bonus

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Francisco Liriano gets a $2 million signing bonus as part of his $39 million, three-year contract with the Pirates. The left-hander will receive an $11 ...
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Ex-Pirate Parker faces battle against Parkinson’s with optimistic attitude

Pittsburgh Tribune (Karen Price) — Watching the Pirates during the team’s 20 consecutive losing seasons wasn’t always easy for Dave Parker. There were times he didn’t watch — couldn’t watch ...
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MLB notebook: Cabrera carries baggage to White Sox

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — The stealth pursuit of free agent Melky Cabrera by the White Sox paid off late Saturday when the former Blue Jays outfielder agreed to a ...
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Obituary: Sy Berger / Creator of the modern baseball trading card

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sy Berger, who transformed a boys’ hobby into a high-stakes pop culture niche as the father of the modern-day baseball trading card, died Sunday in Rockville Centre, N.Y., on Long Island. He was...
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Taillon still has long road to recovery

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The music blared and strobe lights flashed, and it was Jameson Taillon's turn. A young boy approached him and informed him so. Taillon was in the Swissvale Arcade Lanes, bowling with dozens of...
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Pirates notebook: New catcher Cervelli eager to bond with staff

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Francisco Cervelli was not surprised when the New York Yankees traded him to the Pirates last month. Cervelli, 28, made his big league debut with ...
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Pirates notebook: Francisco Cervelli finally gets chance to start

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Early in Francisco Cervelli's career, it was Jorge Posada. After a brief interlude in 2010, it was Russell Martin. Then came Chris Stewart and, finally, Brian McCann.
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Pirates finalize Liriano’s 3-year, $39 million deal

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The Pirates officially announced the re-signing of Francisco Liriano on Friday. His three-year, $39 million deal is the largest free agent contract in club history. ...
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MLB notebook: League sued for gender discrimination

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Sylvia Lind, Major League Baseball’s director of baseball initiatives, is suing the league for gender-based discrimination, according to the New York Post. The suit, which ...
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A.J. Burnett’s return to Pirates follows plan of his own making

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette While the Pirates were losing to the San Francisco Giants in the National League wild-card game Oct. 1, A.J. Burnett watched from home. He turned to his wife, Karen, with a question.
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Pirates complete Sean Rodriguez trade, send Borden to Rays

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pirates sent minor league right-hander Buddy Borden to the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named later in the Sean Rodriguez trade, according to reports from Tampa-area newspapers.
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It's official: Liriano signs three-year contract with Pirates

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Francisco Liriano’s three-year, $39 million contract became official today after the left-hander passed his physical, completing the return of their 2014 opening-day starter on the biggest...
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Pirates to face a more challenging NL Central

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SAN DIEGO — Jon Lester is a Chicago Cub. So are Miguel Montero and Jason Hammel. Joe Maddon will write their names on the lineup card. Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon left the division.
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MLB notebook: Padres pick up slugger Kemp from Dodgers in 5-player swap

Pittsburgh Tribune (Wire Reports) — Desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, the Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt ...
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Pirates lose left-hander Andy Oliver in Rule 5 draft

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette SAN DIEGO -- The Pirates lost left-hander Andy Oliver in the major league portion of this morning’s Rule 5 draft.
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Pirates lose reliever Oliver in Rule 5 draft

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — SAN DIEGO — The Pirates did not claim a player in the opening round Rule 5 draft Thursday, but they lost left-handed reliever Andy Oliver. ...
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Pirates trade for Phillies pitcher Bastardo

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates on Wednesday acquired left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo, 29, last season went 5-7 with ...
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Blog Articles

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Despite busy early offseason have the Pirates lost ground?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Updated World Series odds from Bovada were released today, following the Winter Meetings and a surprisingly high volume of off-season transactions to date. On Oct. 30., before...
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NL Central just got interesting and the rich (MLB owners) get richer

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – There might be the fewest contentious questions ever at Pirates Fest for Pirates’ management. A day after signing Francisco Liriano and finishing off their starting...
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Winter meetings day 3

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — SAN DIEGO — Tony Sanchez‘s stint in the Dominican Winter League wound up being a lot shorter than he expected. After playing in just 10 games with Toros del Este, Sanchez was told by...
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Instant analysis: Pirates sign Liriano

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates did not retain their No. 1 offseason target in Russell Martin but they did resign their No. 2 target, Francisco Liriano on Tuesday. Liriano signed surprisingly...
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Winter meetings day 2

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — SAN DIEGO — Good day, and welcome to day two. If you’re still hunting stocking stuffers, the Pirates will be ready to take your cash starting 10 a.m. Friday, when single-game tickets...
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Winter meetings day 1

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — SAN DIEGO — 8:45 am PT First off, I vow to refrain from making any “Anchorman” jokes this week. There was not a lot of buzz about the Pirates last night in the lobby of the Grand...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: hot stove scrambles trace back to summer

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – At the Winter Meetings this week, the focus will be on dollars thrown at free agents and trade rumors whirling about the hotel lobby. As fun as the offseason rumor mill is, and...
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Are stars losing trade value?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS - Josh Donaldson and Andrew McCutchen have much in common. McCutchen (15.0) and Donaldson (14.1) rank No. 2 and No. 3 all of baseball in Wins Above Replacement accumulated over the...
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Pirates’ payroll obligations as the clock nears midnight

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The deadline to tender contracts to players without guaranteed contracts for next season is 11:59 p.m today. The key players to watch at the tender deadline are the players...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Adding versatility and ending a platoon?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — CLARK BUILDING – The Pirates gained bench versatility on Monday while also perhaps ending their strict platoon at first base. The Pirates acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez from Tampa Bay for a...
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What #BUCN can be thankful for

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Sure, you want more holiday free-agent shopping. Sure, you want ownership to spend more. Owners are enjoying record digital and national television dollars and the...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Who should the focus of Plan B be?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS - To date, the Pirates have committed an estimated $10.5 million in 2015 to three acquisitions in AJ Burnett, Francisco Cervelli and Radhames Liz. Each of these moves carry risk but...
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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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