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Pirates right-hander Schugel clears waivers

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — Pirates right-hander A.J. Schugel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. He will come to major-league spring training camp as a non-roster ...
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Pirates take on reclamation project with trade for former 1st-rounder Biddle

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — The Pirates acquired another pitching reclamation project on Wednesday, the type of arm they have had so much success with in recent years, but this ...
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Reports: Pirates have acquired rehabbing lefty Jesse Biddle from Phillies

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates have acquired rehabbing left-hander Jesse Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports. Biddle had Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in October and will...
  • 3 days ago

Pirates, AAA Travel offer deal for May 30-31 series in San Juan

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates and AAA Travel announced a partnership today which, at a price tag of $2,659 per person, will give fans a first-rate visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a two-game series between the...
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Rossi: What’s up for Doc is Bucs call

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — The tickets arrived in the mail Monday around the same time Mike “Doc” Emrick returned home from the NHL All-Star Game. “I’m on the first-base ...
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Pirates' new play-by-play man followed long road here

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Joe Block, the Pirates’ new play-by-play man, can’t get enough baseball. In 2010, when he worked as a radio studio host for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, Block called the general manager of the...
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Ron Cook: Ray Searage has work cut out this year with Pirates, but he won't mind

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Ray Searage is going into the final year of his contract as Pirates pitching coach. He says he wants to stay for the long haul because he enjoys the city, fans and organization. “I’d love to...
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Take it from Hillgrove: Groat deserving of Dapper Dan Lifetime Achievement Award

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Bill Hillgrove was wrapping up a round at Champions Lake Golf Course in 1979 when one of the course’s founders, Dick Groat, swung by and struck up a conversation. Hillgrove, who knew Groat from...
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Bell could fill Pirates’ biggest need sooner than later

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — While much of the offseason attention is given to additions a team makes via free agency and trades — bringing immediate impact — the Pirates’ ...
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Pirates hire Joe Block as play-by-play man

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates have added Joe Block, who previously served as the Milwaukee Brewers’ radio play-by-play man, to their broadcast team, the club announced today.
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Pirates hire Block as new play-by-play man

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The Pirates on Saturday hired veteran announcer Joe Block to work alongside lead play-by-play man Greg Brown in their television and radio booths, sources confirmed ...
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Walker, Mets agree for $10.55 million

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (From wire dispatches) — Second baseman Neil Walker agreed to a $10.55 million, one-year contract with the New York Mets.
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Pirates going for a simple approach to spring training uniforms

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates will sport a simple, clean-cut look in spring training. With many clubs opting for bright, bold caps and uniforms this spring, the Pirates kept it conservative.
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Rossi: Manfred is DH for looming labor war

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — Sean Casey, aka “The Mayor,” doesn’t believe me, and maybe nobody will. But from afar, it sure seems like baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is about ...
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Rossi: Manfred is DH for looming labor war

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Rossi) — Sean Casey, aka “The Mayor,” doesn’t believe me, and maybe nobody will. But from afar, it sure seems like baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is about ...
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Cervelli open to contact extension, but Pirates keeping mum

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is open to remaining in Pittsburgh beyond 2016 and is waiting for the club to begin dialogue regarding a contract extension, ...
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Jauss, Graves promoted among changes announced by Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — After Jeff Banister left Pittsburgh last offseason to become the manager of the Texas Rangers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected not to name an official ...
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Pirates add a third assistant GM to front-office staff

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — The Pirates added a third assistant general manager Wednesday, promoting Kevan Graves to the position during a series of field and front-office staff moves.
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Pirates announce changes to baseball operations staff

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — After doing without a bench coach last season, electing not to replace Jeff Banister when he became Texas Rangers manager, the Pirates promoted assistant coach Dave Jauss today to become the...
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Ron Cook: Designated hitter is coming to NL, and only question is when

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (By Ron Cook / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) — Designated hitters are coming soon to a big-league ballpark near you. That became clear last week when commissioner Rob Manfred announced National League clubs have shown a greater interest in...
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Blog Articles

Maximizing Stewart and Cervelli

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS  – Back in October when there was much discussion (free advice) about how Clint Hurdle should fill out his wild card lineup card, I opined that one creative solution in dealing...
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Rene Gayo’s value, and buying on Biddle

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – August Fagerstrom, a fantastic writer/analyst over at FanGraphs.com, examined how each club’s 2016 projected Wins Above Replacement were acquired, broken down into...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Uncommon restraint

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – As we inch closer to pitchers and catchers reporting, one of the rites of the offseason is the release of top 100 prospect lists. The Pirates did quite well on the the MLB.com...
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The Cervelli dilemma

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – So it turns out that despite being a season away from free agency, when he will potentially be the top the catcher available in a weaker market in an industry awash in cash,...
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One year in, Manfred’s No. 1 focus is spot on (and some other matters)

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – In a Q & A with Yahoo!  Sports on the anniversary of his first year in office, Rob Manfred said what he is most proud of is his “One Baseball” initiative, an...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Replacing Cervelli — the future at catcher

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – There has been so much discussion, and rightfully so, about the window of opportunity that is the Pirates’ final three years of club control over Andrew McCutchen, and...
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Can the Pirates beat their preseason forecast again … and again and again?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS –  So you might have seen the Fangraphs.com 2016 projection released this week that pegs the Pirates as an 83-team in 2016, finishing 12 games behind the Chicago Cubs. The...
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Melancon’s true value? Locke has more value? And much more …

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates agreed with five players to one-year deals to avoid arbitration on Friday, meaning unlike last offseason they will avoid taking any players through the process....
  • 19 days ago
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Fangraphs looks at future and sees …

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — The folks at Fangraphs gazed into their crystal balls and predicted the Pirates will finish the 2016 season in the middle of the pack in the NL Central. The website’s Steamer projections...
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Monday Mop-Up: How to value Melancon’s deal, does Locke have more?, still value available and more!

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates agreed to five players on one-year deals to avoid arbitration on Friday before the 1 p.m. deadline, meaning unlike last offseason they will avoid taking any players...
  • 19 days ago
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Pirates eye former cricket star

Pittsburgh Tribune (Rob Biertempfel) — BRADENTON, Fla. — When Kieran Powell, a former international cricket player, arrived at IMG Academy a bit more than a month ago, he recorded a video of his first baseball workout. Although...
  • 23 days ago
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Does Jaso fill another void?

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – On Tuesday I spoke with the man that correctly identified Francisco Cervelli as the top value pick of the last offseason, and I asked him if he liked any of the Pirates...
  • 24 days ago
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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Fixing Feliz

Pittsburgh Tribune (Travis Sawchik) — SOUTH HILLS – Everyone has always like Neftali Feliz’s arm. When he was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the Texas Rangers in a package for Mark Teixeira last decade, he was one of the top...
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