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Nutting: Pirates had 'step back' in '16, but talent is there (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:43:52 PST

The Pittsburgh Pirates missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, but that won't cause chairman Bob Nutting to abandon the team's steady, build-from-within approach. ''We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and you have to commit to five years of a bad team in a rebuilding cycle,'' Nutting said Monday after addressing the team at spring training. ''We believe that by infusing talent into the organization at every level we can, every way that we can, we can create a sustained, competitive team.

Still a Pirate, McCutchen calls move to right difficult (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:19:45 PST

Andrew McCutchen began what could be his final spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates by moving to a new position. In late January, team management decided to move two-time Gold Glove winner Starling Marte from left field to center. McCutchen was switched to right field, a position he has never played in his professional career.

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to find out about trade rumors (Big League Stew)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:22:28 PST

Andrew McCutchen did a lot of reflection in the offseason. This offseason, there were a lot of questions about Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen knows, because he’s been asking himself those same questions.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:28:36 PST

Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder this week and likely will miss the upcoming season. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery Tuesday on Rodriguez, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract in November after a career season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rodriguez is expected to miss as many as eight months as he recovers, putting his potential return date toward the final month of a season on a team that isn't expected to contend.

Nova happy to be back with Pirates (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:13:25 PST

Ivan Nova is happy to be back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was obvious again from the smile on Nova's face when he checked into spring training camp Tuesday. It's as plain as the whiskers on his face - something Nova was not allowed to have when was with the New York Yankees.

Pirates' Tony Watson loses in arbitration, gets $5.6 million (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:49:30 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Tony Watson has lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in salary arbitration and will make $5.6 million this year rather than $6 million.

Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:53:27 PST

When Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle guested on this week’s episode of 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards, it was practically a walk through the last few years of Hall of Fame inductions. Hurdle got stories too!

LHP Tony Watson, Pirates go to arbitration, $400,000 apart (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:28:57 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Reliever Tony Watson has gone to arbitration with the Pittsburgh Pirates, asking for a raise from $3.45 million to $6 million.

Healthy 2B Neil Walker happy to be with Mets (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:26:51 PST

New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker dealt with back issues for almost five years and said not a day went by when he didn't feel some kind of pain. ''I'd probably wake up every single morning and as soon as I'd throw my feet over the side of bed, I could tell whether it was going to be a good or bad day,'' Walker said on Wednesday at the Mets' training camp. Walker now says he has no reason to tiptoe around for fear of hurting his back after having surgery last September to repair a herniated disk.

Pirates ace Cole hoping for healthier, more productive 2017 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:54:36 PST

Two years ago, Gerrit Cole won 19 games and finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting. After slogging through an injury filled 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates' ace has set more modest goals for the upcoming season. ''Staying healthy, being able to contribute,'' Cole said.

Giants' Mark Melancon: a closer who's open to sports science (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:59:41 PST

''I didn't realize it was that high,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, when his pitchers and catchers held their first spring training workout. The right-hander is wearing a heart rate monitor under his uniform around his rib area while he pitches. In fact, he asked his share of questions about sports science - his passion that goes hand in hand with pitching at his peak - when deciding to sign with San Francisco during the offseason.

Reds' Scott Feldman won't pitch for Israel in WBC (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:26:03 PST

Scott Feldman won't compete in the World Baseball Classic for Israel, choosing instead to get ready to fill a spot in the Cincinnati Reds' rotation. The Reds signed him on Jan. 26 to fill the spot that opened when they traded Dan Straily - their top starter last season - to the Marlins for prospects. The 34-year-old Feldman will get $2.3 million on his one-year deal and can make an additional $2.2 million in bonuses based upon starts and $1.5 million for relief appearances, depending upon which role he fills.

Jung Ho Kang won't report to Pirates spring training on time due to DUI trial (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:28:07 PST

No one has any idea when Jung Ho Kang will be able to report to spring training for the Pirates. Baseball players of all positions will be reporting for spring training this week, but one guy won’t be among them. Jung Ho Kang, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be going on trial in South Korea on February 22 for charges stemming from his December DUI arrest.

Pirates 3B Kang to miss start of camp awaiting DUI trial (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:27:23 PST

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin spring training without third baseman Jung Ho Kang. President Frank Coonelly announced Tuesday the team doesn't expect Kang reporting with the rest of the team's position players by Friday. Kang is scheduled to go to trial in Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 22 following his arrest in December on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Hot Stove Digest: Dodgers to re-sign Chase Utley, add Franklin Gutierrez to crowded roster (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:48:31 PST

BIGGEST MOVES OF THE DAY: The Los Angeles Dodgers do not rest. On Friday, they made another pair of notable moves by re-signing Chase Utley and adding Franklin Gutierrez, both reportedly on one-year deals. Financial details on Utley’s deal were not immediately known. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Gutierrez’s contract will be worth $2.6M and could escalate to $3M based on incentives. Both signings come as something of a surprise given the Dodgers depth.

Pirates acquire infielder Gosselin from Diamondbacks (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:09:01 PST

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their infield depth on Friday, acquiring Phil Gosselin from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league pitcher Frank Duncan.

Pirates' spring training home renamed LECOM Park (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:02:48 PST

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- McKechnie Field, the longtime spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is getting a new name.

Pirates acquire reliever Pat Light from Twins (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:32:01 PST

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates gave their bullpen another arm heading to spring training, acquiring reliever Pat Light from Minnesota on Thursday for a player to be named or cash.

McCutchen's move, rotation provide intrigue for Pirates (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:30:06 PST

Andrew McCutchen's spot in center field was the fulcrum around which the Pittsburgh Pirates swung from laughingstock to contenders. Now it belongs to Starling Marte after McCutchen gracefully opted to pass the torch at his favorite position to pick up the torch at another: right field. The five-time All-Star and 2013 NL MVP will arrive in Bradenton, Florida for spring training as the starting right fielder as part of a shuffling that saw Marte - a two-time Gold Glove winner - slide over to center and Gregory Polanco flip from right to left.

Stanton, Jones headline US roster for World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:19:17 PST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado's Nolan Arenado, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco's Buster Posey and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen.

Andrew McCutchen has the best attitude about moving to right field (Big League Stew)

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:31:55 PST

Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes a running catch in the second inning during the game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on June 21, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A few months ago, everyone was waiting for the Pittsburgh Pirates to trade their franchise center fielder Andrew McCutchen. In light of that, the Pirates are taking what they have and shuffling things around a little bit. Starling Marte, who has played Gold Glove defense in left field, is moving to center field.

Pirates star Andrew McCutchen moving to right field (The Associated Press)

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:42:39 PST

Andrew McCutchen is on the move, just not out of Pittsburgh. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Sunday that McCutchen is moving from center field to right field this season. Gregory Polanco will flip from right field to left, with Starling Marte sliding over from left to center.

Jung Ho Kang agrees to enter alcohol treatment program (Big League Stew)

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 17:10:09 PST

Jung Ho Kang will enter an alcohol treatment program following his third DUI arrest. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has agreed to participate in an alcohol treatment program, his agent Alan Nero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Saturday. A joint panel headed by MLB recommended that Kang enter the program following his third DUI arrest on Dec. 2.

Hot Stove Digest: Are the Rangers making a push for Jose Quintana? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:14:17 PST

It’s going to take another big haul to pry Jose Quintana from the White Sox. HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has never been afraid to aggressively pursue a key player. Whether or not that’s true regarding Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana was a matter of conflict on Wednesday after a pair of contradictory reports.

Pirates 1B/OF Josh Bell undergoes left knee surgery (The Associated Press)

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:45:57 PST

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman/outfielder Josh Bell underwent left knee surgery on Wednesday and could miss the start of spring training later this month. Team doctors recommended surgery to remove a loose body they believe was causing the problem. Bell is expected to return to baseball activities in two to four weeks.

Braves player hit in deadly crash; wife, kids hospitalized (The Associated Press)

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 05:56:42 PST

An Atlanta Braves infielder and his family are recovering after police say their SUV was hit by a man who had stolen a Miami police officer's cruiser. News outlets report that 31-year-old Miami native Sean Rodriguez, his wife Giselle and their two young children were T-boned by the stolen cruiser Saturday afternoon in Miami-Dade County. Rodriguez was not hurt, but the other members of his family were hospitalized.