Drew Hutchison goes from frontrunner for 5th spot to no-brainer to being demoted


So it was inevitable today that Drew Hutchison was either going to placed on the 15-day DL with a fake injury such as shoulder fatigue or sent to the minors outright. Hutchison with a third straight disaster of an outing in allowing nine runs on 10 hits put the organization in a tough spot for a player due $2.3 million this season who they have had all intentions of being the No. 5 starter despite the so-called ‘open competition’. Neal Huntington had publicly said spring training numbers are one of the least determining factors for players earning a roster spot but it would have been such a bad look for the organization to hand Hutchison a roster spot right now that they had no choice but to send him to the minors. Hutchison allowed 21 runs on 27 hits over his final three spring training starts. The way his fastballRead More »

Too Little, Too Late for Glasnow?


Too Little, Too Late for Glasnow? LATEST BUZZ [Brault has support of Pirates coaches for No. 5 ] [ Kang Latest] [Kuhl has stranglehold on #4 spot] The vibe surrounding Tyler Glasnow when the Pirates reported to spring training is he would need a lights out camp to start the season in Pittsburgh. A month later things remain status quo. A promising start from Glasnow on Saturday is not expected to change much on which direction the Pirates are leaning. However, there is an internal battle brewing for the No. 5 spot and it doesn’t necessarily involve Glasnow. Pirates coaches are pushing for

Rumors: Glasnow will need lights out spring training to start season in Pittsburgh


Pirates Rotation already pre-determined? The Pirates have entered spring training with three locks in the rotation, Gerrit Cole, Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon, while Chad Kuhl has the inside track for the No. 4 rotation spot. Where does Tyler Glasnow fall into the picture? Glasnow will be in the Pirates organization to start the regular season as the team has pulled out of trade talks for Jose Quintana but there’s doubts he’ll be in Pittsburgh when April comes around. Pirate reporter Chris Mack of 937 The Fan wrote yesterday there was no ease dropping of names from Clint Hurdle when discussing the 5th starter. That is likely be design. “There’s no free pass,” Hurdle said of Glasnow via 937 The Fan. “He’s gotta go out and compete and show some improvement in some areas here. We’ve got other guys who are in competition as well. He’s well aware of it,Read More »

Pirates pushing McCutchen trade hard again, targeting Quintana in separate deal


Big Splash to come from Pirates? The Pirates ultimate plan this off-season was to trade Andrew McCutchen and his $14 million a year salary for a prospect heavy return that would have the Pirates putting that money into the starting rotation, via trade and free agency. Today the Pirates resigned Ivan Nova to a three year, $26 million contract, which averages out to $8.6 million per season. The Pirates top trade target, White Sox ace Jose Quintana is scheduled to make $6 million in 2017. It’s still early enough in the off-season where the Pirates Plan A could still fall into place by spring training. Despite the face the Pirates have put on in the past two weeks in telling anyone who will listen that they expect Andrew McCutchen to be a Pirate in 2017, the Pirates desire is to still trade McCutchen before the season starts. The team rightRead More »

Latest Pirates Buzz: Hudson signing has Bucs trying to move a salary in pen


The Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday made their first signing of the off-season for the Major League roster in agreeing to terms on a 2 year, $11 million contract with 26 year old reliever Daniel Hudson. In 70 appearances this year, Hudson had a 5.22 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and has nine saves over the last two seasons to go with 37 holds. But, what the Pirates love about Hudson is an 8.77 K/9 with a fastball that averaged 95.7 mph. Neal Huntington is not a huge fan in putting dollars into the bullpen but what he values is cost certainty and pitchers who can bring the heat. The Pirates get that with the Hudson deal for 2017 and 2018. The Hudson contract now has the Pirates 40-man payroll projected at $94-$95 million for next season which is nearing the max where Bob Nutting allows Neal Huntington to have it for theRead More »

Pirates to leave Winter Meetings with expectation of McCutchen being a Pirate in 2017


In a matter of days, Andrew McCutchen has gone from highly likely to being traded to now likely being a Pirate to start the 2017 season. What happened? Information coming out in the last couple hours is that more than anything, the Nationals just went in another direction and it’s left Pirate officials stunned. The Pirates brass is now planning to hit the reset button, sources say, in reconstructing the roster for 2017. Coming into the winter meetings, Pittsburgh fully anticipated getting the bulk of the $14 million committed to McCutchen off their books as the Pirates anticipated getting a prospect heavy return. The Pirates don’t view Andrew McCutchen as a $14 million a year player, a primary reason they were and are looking to move him. Among the teams that have kicked tires on McCutchen and remain out there, Dodgers and Giants among them, the Pirates don’t see aRead More »