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McCutchen, pitching at issue for Pirates at winter meetings

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates got a taste of the winter meetings spotlight last December when they traded Neil Walker to the New York Mets. This year, when baseball’s power brokers gather at the Gaylord National...
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Pirates lose analytics expert to Arizona

Pittsburgh Tribune (Tribune-Review) — The Pirates lost a key front-office member Friday when the Arizona Diamondbacks announced they hired Mike Fitzgerald to lead their analytics department. Fitzgerald was No. ...
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Pirates tender contracts to all seven arbitration-eligible players

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates closer Tony Watson delivers during the ninth inning against the Reds Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at PNC Park." src =...
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Pirates non-tender Locke, Fryer; offer contracts to six arbitration-eligible players

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates did not offer contracts to lefty Jeff Locke and catcher Eric Fryer before Friday’s deadline, but they tendered everyone else, including six arbitration-eligible players.
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It was always going to end with McCutchen being traded or walking away

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen celebrates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Angels on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif." src =...
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Pirates agree to terms with Wade LeBlanc

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates and lefty Wade LeBlanc agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a club option for 2018, according to a source.
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In new CBA, victories for players and owners alike

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Sort your way through the minutia that has trickled out from baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement during the past 24 hours and you’ll see some victories for both sides.
  • 2 days ago

On the Pirates: Why Nationals trade might work out -- or not

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates need pitching. The Washington Nationals have it. But including one of Washington’s good young pitchers into a possible Andrew McCutchen trade might cause the Nationals to think twice,...
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Starkey: Pirates don't have to trade McCutchen

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Joe Starkey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Wait a second here. How did we get from Andrew McCutchen might be traded this offseason to Andrew McCutchen MUST be traded this offseason?
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Gorman: Trading McCutchen would be a betrayal by Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Kevin Gorman) — Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen celebrates his RBI double during the first inning against the Astros on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at PNC Park." src =...
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Kang charged with DUI in South Korea

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang reacts after being called out on strikes while pinch-hitting during the fifth inning against the Cardinals Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at PNC Park." src =...
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Meet Victor Robles, the Pirates' reported Andrew McCutchen trade target

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Sean Gentille / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Whatever the Pirates get for Andrew McCutchen isn’t going to satisfy a large chunk of the fanbase. We’ve established that.
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Pirates GM Huntington says team faces difficult decisions

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington on the team's approach at the trade deadline: “Our expectation is we are going to add. Our mindset is we are going to add and put ourselves, for the first...
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Pirates notebook: Jeff Locke is unsure of his next step

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — During parts of eight years in the Pirates organization, Jeff Locke both made an All-Star team and pitched his way out of the starting rotation. Now the 29-year-old left-hander begins the next...
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Get ready for the Andrew McCutchen trade outrage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Sean Gentille / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Should the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen? Eh — a few degrees removed from the situation, it’s easy enough to see why they would.
  • 3 days ago

Sources: Pirates increase efforts to trade Andrew McCutchen

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates are actively shopping center fielder Andrew McCutchen, according to multiple sources, and the likelihood of a trade is increasing as the winter meetings approach. The front office has...
  • 3 days ago

Uncertainty over CBA has not changed Pirates’ approach

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates general manager Neal Huntington stands in the dugout before a game against the Brewers on Sept. 2, 2016, at PNC Park." src =...
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Report: Matt Joyce agrees to two-year, $11 million deal with Oakland Athletics

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Oakland Athletics have reached an agreement with outfielder Matt Joyce, according to a report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The move takes another Pirates free agent off the board.
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Pirates cut Locke, sign minor league reliever

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates on Friday cut ties with veteran pitcher Jeff Locke, designating the left-hander for assignment to clear a roster spot for right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla. ...
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Pirates cut ties with veteran left-hander Locke

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates on Tuesday cut ties with veteran pitcher Jeff Locke, designating the left-hander for assignment to clear a roster spot for right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla. ...
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Blog Articles

Does Harrison have trade value? McCutchen in RF? The Locke Era ends

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night that the Pirates generally listen to teams inquiring about players under long-term control and that Josh Harrison is one particular player...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: The best hope for a pitching boost?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – I’m back from a Thanksgiving hiatus and I hope everyone reading had a nice, lengthy holiday weekend. The entire baseball industry is supposed to be back at work next...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Is there a comp for a McCutchen trade?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – It’s no secret the Pirates are listening – if not actively shopping – Andrew McCutchen. At the GM meetings, Neal Huntington said teams are calling. Ken...
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Rich Hill, risk tolerance and payroll pie … Does a Sean Rodriguez reunion make sense?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — NEW YORK –  Some free agents are starting to come off the board, including free agent pitchers, with our old friend Charlie Morton signing with Houston for two years and $14 million...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Holland a worthy target? Does he fit the model? The QO, and more on ‘Cutch

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS - Derek Holland wants to remain in Texas but he is very interested in becoming a Pirate, his agent tells told the Trib over the weekend. “I’d say the Pirates are on our short list,”...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Holland a worthy target? Does hit fit the model? The QO, and more on ‘Cutch

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS - Derek Holland wants to remain in Texas but he is very interesting in becoming a Pirate, his agent tells told the Trib over the weekend. “I’d say the Pirates are on our short list,”...
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Report: Pirates explored trading McCutchen … And the risk of free agent pitcher contracts

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates explored trading Andrew McCutchen to the Nationals at the non-waiver trade deadline. The Pirates were willing to sell low on Francisco...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Bargain shopping…. And some fun with 2017 projections

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday when free agents can begins signing with other teams, but you shouldn’t expect the Pirates to make a free agent splash. Ivan Nova is...
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