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White Sox agree to terms with Travis Ishikawa
Published On: Tue, Feb 09
After agreeing to a deal with Mat Latos earlier on Tuesday, the White Sox have added another player to their roster.Travis Ishikawa has agreed to a minor-league deal that includes an invite to spri...
Sources: Phillies trade Jesse Biddle to Pirates
Published On: Wed, Feb 03
The Phillies have traded Jesse Biddle, the Germantown Friends product and former first-round pick, to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to two sources.Biddle, 24, had been designated for assignment...
Reds' Jonathan Sanchez: Signs minors deal with Reds
Published On: Sat, Jan 30
Sanchez signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.Sanchez hasn't pitched in a major league organization since last April var gppRequestDomain = ...
Pirates hire Block as new play-by-play man
Published On: Sat, Jan 30
The Pirates on Saturday hired veteran announcer Joe Block to work alongside lead play-by-play man Greg Brown.Block, 37, called Milwaukee Brewers games for the past four seasons, sharing a booth wit...
Royals sign outfielder Travis Snider to a minor-league deal
Published On: Sat, Jan 30
The Royals added to a growing collection of corner outfield options on Saturday, signing veteran Travis Snider to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.Snider, who ...
Cervelli open to contact extension, but Pirates keeping mum
Published On: Wed, Jan 27
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, according to a source with knowledge ...
Pirates owner would love to see McCutchen 'stay forever'
Published On: Thu, Jan 21
Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting understands his club doesn't have the luxury of outspending the league's deep-pocketed teams to bring free agents to the Steel City.That's why holding on to fra...
Pirates finalize extension with catcher Stewart
Published On: Wed, Jan 20
The Pirates on Tuesday finalized Chris Stewart's two-year extension, which guarantees the 33-year-old catcher at least $3 million.According to a source, Stewart will make $1.35 million this year an...
Dodgers To Sign Joe Blanton
Published On: Tue, Jan 19
The Dodgers have struck a one-year deal with righty Joe Blanton, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports on Twitter. var gppRequestDomain = "//ssp.videostat.com/ssp"
Source: Pirates, Jordy Mercer agree to terms on 2016 contract
Published On: Fri, Jan 15
The Pirates and shortstop Jordy Mercer agreed to terms on a contract for 2016 worth $2,075,000, according to a source.By agreeing to terms, the Pirates and Mercer avoided exchanging desired salary ...
Pirates, Mark Melancon avoid arbitration
Published On: Fri, Jan 15
The Pirates have announced that they've avoided arbitration with Mark Melancon. No figures are yet available, although MLBTR projected Melancon would get $10 million. The Bucs also announced all th...
Outfielder Polanco 'open' to contract extension with Pirates
Published On: Thu, Jan 14
After coming up short of hammering out a multi-year contract extension with the Pirates last year, outfielder Gregory Polanco is willing to try again.I'm open to it, Polanco said Thursday during th...
Pirates release former top prospect Tony Sanchez
Published On: Wed, Jan 13
Pittsburgh has released catcher Tony Sanchez after the former No. 4 overall pick was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed.Sanchez was once considered a top prosp...
The Pirates sign Daniel Bard
Published On: Mon, Jan 11
Minor league deals of fringe players are not news, but whenever the minor league deal goes to a player that used to be something " or was supposed to be something " it still makes you stop and thin...
Kang at minicamp, making progress
Published On: Mon, Jan 11
As Pirates general manager Neal Huntington watched the first round of minicamp drills Monday morning at Pirate City, Jung Ho Kang snuck up from behind and surprised Huntington with a hug.Not quite ...
Pirates cut former top prospect Tony Sanchez
Published On: Thu, Jan 07
In signing reliever Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $3.9 million deal the Pirates needed to clear a 40-man roster spot and they did so by designating for assignment catcher Tony Sanchez.Sanchez was th...
Report: Pirates agree to one-year, $3.9 million deal with Neftali Feliz
Published On: Wed, Jan 06
The Pirates and free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.9 million, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The team has not confirmed the move.Feliz, 27...
It's 2016, and Mark Melancon is still a Pirate
Published On: Mon, Jan 04
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo has something resembling an update on Mark Melancon:He has been available all winter in the right deal, but as time passes, it seems more and more likely that Melanc...
Famed ex-WWE announcer Jim Ross wants to call Pirates games
Published On: Mon, Jan 04
Imagine Andrew McCutchen smacking a homer deep into parts unknown at PNC Park and the ensuing call going something like: "Good God almighty, he broke that ball in two, BAH GAWD!" That's baseball mi...
Pirates claim reliever Medina off waivers from Cubs
Published On: Wed, Dec 23
The Pirates on Wednesday bolstered their bullpen depth by claiming right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.Medina, 27, went a combined 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.62 W...
Pirates sign left-handed batter John Jaso to 2-year deal
Published On: Wed, Dec 23
The Pirates platoon search is over. The Pirates signed free agent John Jaso to a two-year deal Wednesday, locking up a left-handed bat to replace Pedro Alvarez and complement Michael Morse.The deal...
Tigers deal Kyle Lobstein to Pirates for cash
Published On: Mon, Dec 21
The Tigers have said goodbye to Kyle Lobstein.The left-handed starter was traded to the Pirates on Monday afternoon. The Tigers will receive cash considerations.Last week, the Tigers took Lobstein ...
Pirates' 2015 payroll highest in team history, but still near MLB cellar
Published On: Mon, Dec 21
The Pirates finished the 2015 season with a record payroll of $95,889,960, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press and first reported by the Tacoma News Tribune, surpassing their prev...
Freddy Sanchez, former NL batting champion, officially retires
Published On: Mon, Dec 21
Sanchez, 38, made three All-Star teams over parts of 10 seasons with Boston, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. He hit .344 with the Pirates in 2006 and beat out the Marlins' Miguel Cabrera for the NL b...
The price for Pirates to keep McCutchen likely won't be cheap
Published On: Sun, Dec 20
The timing was such that Andrew McCutchen could not escape the subject. The day before he addressed the media last weekend at PirateFest, outfielder Jason Heyward agreed to terms on an eight-year, ...