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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:20:32 EDTPirates pitchers call it a "vacuum." They throw a pitch down in the zone, maybe even just under the zone, and Francisco Cervelli's gloved left hand sucks it up.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:47:22 EDTThe Bucs announced one-year deals with five of their arbitration-eligible players: Gerrit Cole, Jordy Mercer, Juan Nicasio, Drew Hutchison and Jared Hughes. Tony Watson is without a 2017 salary.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:53:59 EDTThe Pirates brought back Ivan Nova last month, signing him to a three-year, $26 million deal. The reunion bolstered Pittsburgh's young pitching staff, providing a mid-rotation starter capable of carrying innings with quality starts. But Nova also brings a degree of experience and leadership his fellow pitchers came to greatly appreciate down the stretch last season.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:56:38 EDTJosh Lindblom doesn't believe in coincidence. After the last six months and the past few years, how could he? Coincidence did not lead him here.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:55:17 EDTAll week, Josh Bell has made his best sales pitch. His teammates file in to the Pirate City clubhouse, eat, shower, dress and leave after a morning of minicamp workouts. Bell follows the same routine, but he's added another wrinkle to his offseason work.
Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:19 EDTStay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:53:37 EDTWhen Jameson Taillon walked into manager Clint Hurdle's office for his exit interview last season, he heard the warning: The sophomore slump is real.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:04:18 EDTTyler Webb didn't make any plans for the Rule 5 Draft last month. More than anything, he was surprised the annual event took place so early -- beginning at 9 a.m. ET on the final day of the Winter Meetings. He followed the proceedings on Twitter while working out at the University of South Carolina, his alma mater.
Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:05:49 EDTWho do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:03:20 EDTElias Diaz could barely hide his excitement about turning the page on 2016. "Definitely a tough year, but it's over. New year!" Diaz said, sitting in front of his locker at Pirate City. "[I'm] healthy. Let's see what's going to happen this year."
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:50:26 EDTFor baseball-starved fans in the midst of winter, the sound of catchers' gloves popping Tuesday morning was more than welcome. For the Pirates, so was the sight of Casey Sadler and Angel Sanchez on the mound.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:27:47 EDTDespite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:00:00 EDTOffseason forecasts of any kind are a challenging exercise, and it's perhaps even more difficult to anticipate transactions, especially trades. But we'll stay within the realm of reality with the Pirates and boldly predict Pittsburgh will acquire left-hander Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:55:17 EDTAustin Meadows doesn't know Andrew McCutchen all that well. When they played together in Spring Training two years ago, Meadows said he found McCutchen to be "humble and funny, a great guy for sure." Their history may be brief, but their futures appear to be intertwined.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:09:27 EDTThe Pirates have invited an additional 19 non-roster players to Spring Training, a group headlined by a pair of top prospects -- outfielder Austin Meadows and shortstop Kevin Newman -- set to appear in Major League camp for the first time.
Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:30:00 EDTJason Rogers will remain in the Pirates organization after being removed from the roster two weeks ago. Rogers was sent outright to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. The infielder was taken off the 40-man roster on Dec. 23 to clear a spot for right-hander Nefi Ogando. Rogers has been playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic for Tigres del Licey.
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:31:02 EDTIn this era of statistical enlightenment throughout baseball, defensive questions remain the most difficult to answer. But with the advent of MLB's Statcast™ tracking technology, the game has been flooded by more concrete data about outfielders' route-running, speed, reaction time and more. Let's use Statcast's tool's to grade Pittsburgh's outfield play in 2016.
Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:56:43 EDTPittsburgh will enter the season with questions in the back of the bullpen. The difference this year is the more capable, versatile group the Bucs will have in front of the late-inning guys.
Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:35:39 EDTNick Kingham finished the demanding rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery last year. He doesn't have to look far to find a perfect example for how to handle the next step.
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:03:28 EDTBeat reporter Adam Berry answers questions from Bucs fans.
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:08:25 EDTGeneral managers and scouting executives voted Boston's Andrew Benintendi and the Cardinals' Alex Reyes as baseball's top position and pitching prospects, respectively, in the Pipeline Poll.
Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:03:04 EDTSo where do the Pirates go from here?
Tue, 3 Jan 2017 23:40:21 EDTPirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang could be dropped from Korea's World Baseball Classic roster, the squad's manager told Yonhap News Agency.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:12:43 EDTThe Pirates will head into next year intent on proving that this past season, when they fell far short of preseason expectations, was simply a setback -- a down year amid a run of postseason appearances. Two factors that will play into their turnaround are franchise player Andrew McCutchen and the rotation, which is led by Gerrit Cole.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:30:00 EDTThe Pirates designated outfield prospect Willy Garcia for assignment on Saturday to make room for the recently re-signed Ivan Nova on their 40-man roster, the team announced.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:50:47 EDTThis is Tim Raines' 10th and final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot, and the campaigning for Rock has been strong. But there will also be, inevitably, those among the candidates who never get that full run of chances. There is a host of one-and-dones through the decades of Hall of Fame voting, some more surprising than others. MLB.com takes a look at some of the players who missed the five-percent cutoff -- despite comparing favorably to certain Hall of Famers.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:07:56 EDTPirates general manager Neal Huntington may have inadvertently set the tone for this year in the final month of 2015, when he referred to the upcoming season as a "bridge."
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:50:58 EDTAt the end of an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League. But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:16:32 EDTStanding in front of his locker at PNC Park on Sept. 29, Ivan Nova made his preference clear. He did not want to leave the Pirates' clubhouse, he said, and he would do whatever he could to return in 2017. Nova stayed true to his word. The Pirates addressed their biggest offseason need on Thursday, agreeing to a three-year deal with the veteran right-hander. The agreement, confirmed by an industry source, is pending a physical.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:01 EDTSince the Pirates drafted him in 2011, but especially over the last few years, Josh Bell set his sights on reaching the Major Leagues. That was the end point, he thought, the ultimate goal, the light at the end of the tunnel. He made it this year, but it wasn't the finish line he'd built up in his mind.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:55:23 EDTWhile stopping by snow-covered Pittsburgh for an appearance at PirateFest, Jordy Mercer set aside some time to chat with MLB.com about his offseason, the Mercer family's holiday traditions and what he might get his Pirates teammates for Christmas.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:58:57 EDTThe Pirates announced their 2017 Minor League coaching assignments on Friday, officially naming a number of new managers up and down their organization.