Cards, Brewers & Cubs in on Cole? One thing to emerge in the Gerrit Cole trade talks over the last month in a half: Pirates GM Neal Huntington has no reservations about trading Cole inside the division.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington appeared on 937 The Fan this evening and confirmed to the show the Pirates will be among the likely 30 teams making a presentation to top free agent Shohei Ohtani. Most interesting from Huntington’s interview with Joe Starkey and Chris Mueller is how he couldn’t hide how giddy he is of hoping the Pirates are granted a second interview after the initial presentation all teams are granted. “We will do everything in our power to sell city of Pittsburgh,” Huntington said of Ohtani.
In what is still the early stages of MLB free agency, a “pretty good” market is developing for second baseman Neil Walker, an industry source told Inside Pittsburgh Sports on Tuesday evening. Walker, 32, made $17.20 million last season and amassed a 2.1 FWAR with the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, hitting .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. As many as seven teams have shown interest in Walker per a source, with the Mets, Brewers, Angels, Blue Jays
In what was a formality, the Pirates on Friday announced they will exercise Andrew McCutchen’s $14.5 million club option for the 2018 season. If the Pirates had declined McCutchen’s option, which was a thought in the organization during the early parts of last season, McCutchen would have been owed a $1 million buyout. The Pirates also declined club options for catcher Chris Stewart and left-handed reliever Wade LeBlanc. Stewart, whose option was worth $1.5 million, received a $250,000 buyout and will become a free agent.
Did the Pirates jump the gun in extending Clint Hurdle this month? As the Pirates organization has tried to sugar coat this season that the record you see isn’t an accurate picture of what this team really is, the Pirates are what their record says it is. A 68-84 ball club that is climbing closer to the cellar of the NL Central with a seventh straight loss Tuesday night to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers who no one saw coming as a legitimate playoff contender in 2017, have moved 1.5 games back of the Colorado Rockies for the second wildcard. Bob Nutting awarding four year extensions to Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington this month can be looked at on one end as Nutting sticking with his guys who got this organization to three straight playoff appearances. Bringing them back to lengthy extensions also makes them punching bags for what’s headingRead More »
Latest Pirates Buzz The Pirates 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night in extra innings was a perfect summary of their season. Pittsburgh has a 3-0 lead entering the seventh inning, yet, they had been playing with fire all night and everything came crashing down in the seventh. Gerrit Cole had six shutout innings going thanks to getting out of two bases loaded jams prior to the seventh. Then Clint Hurdle left his pitcher out to dry. As Cole’s pitch count was over 100, he began to start losing some zip and control on his pitches. Cole had run out of gas and it was clear to anybody that it was time to go to the bullpen. The stubbornness, though, of Hurdle played out and getting out of a third bases loaded situation unscathed wasn’t going to happen as Cole’s 112th pitch would be crushed by Curtis GrandersonRead More »
Latest Pirates Buzz The mediocre NL Central is keeping things interesting and despite being a game under .500, the Pirates could be playing meaningful baseball for the next five to six weeks. After losing eight of 10, the Pirates have countered that by winning five of six and currently on a three game winning as the four game interleague series with the Tigers shifts to Detroit for two games. The Cubs just a week ago looking like they were primed to begin their ascend of start running away from the division, have hit a road block and lost five of seven. The Cardinals meanwhile have won four straight and now trail the division by just 2.5 games. NL CENTRAL STANDINGS 1. Chicago Cubs 59-53 2. Milwaukee Brewers 59-56 3. St. Louis Cardinals 57-56 4. Pittsburgh Pirates 56-57 5. Cincinnati Reds 46-67 — The Pirates requiring Sean Rodriquez caught many byRead More »