Drew Hutchison signs minor league deal with Phillies


A year and a half ago pitcher Drew Hutchison was called by Pirates GM Neal Huntington as being a “very nice complement to Gerrit Cole” for the present and future. Hutchison for now will be a nice piece for the Philadelphia Phillies to throw batting practice this spring. Hutchison, 27, who elected free agency in October, is out of the Pirates organization and today inked a minor league contract with the Phillies. For the Pirates, the Francisco Liriano trade that also included OF Harold Ramirez, catcher Reese McGuire going to Toronto, didn’t exactly pan out for the organization despite the Pirates believing they had something in Hutchison. Huntington on Hutchison (July 31, 2016): “Our scouts have liked him a lot in the past; we believe his surface numbers are not reflective of the potential,” Huntington said. “We’ve got multiple years of contribution from Drew. He’s a very nice complement toRead More »

Pirates path to competing next couple years in NL Central gets smaller


The MLB off-season continues to get more depressing for Pirate fans. As the rest of the NL Central gets stronger not just for the present but the future, the Pirates have entered tear-down mode with little path to competing as their prospect system has fallen to the middle of the pack and once regarded top prospects like Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows are no longer the significant trade chips they were a year and half ago to improve the roster dramatically. While the Pirates stand on the sidelines, the Brewers have made major additions with the signing of Lorenzo Cain and trade for Christian Yelich……. The Cardinals significantly upgraded their roster with the trade for Marcell Ozuna who belted 37 homers and 124 RBIs, and now the Cubs have made their move in signing free-agent ace pitcher Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million deal on Saturday night. The Cubs oneRead More »

Buy-Low Options: Pirates have no excuse not to add a starting outfielder


Pirates GM Neal Huntington will tell anyone who will listen that the Pirates expect to be competitive in 2018. How the organization decides to act in whether they add a legitimate starting outfielder in free agency or not will be telling. Do the Pirates go the outfielder by committee route and just use the likes of Adam Frazier, Sean Rodriquez, Jordan Luplow, and maybe Jose Osuna as their third outfielder or does the team actually look to improve the position? Even if Austin Meadows goes out and has a dominant spring training, the Pirates are not starting his clock till at least June. Huntington has talked up Jordan Luplow a bit since the McCutchen trade but the Pirates have no excuse not to add a starting caliber outfielder on a one or two year deal with several good buy-low options available. This is a market where the stars are eventuallyRead More »

Analysis: Pirates failed to foreshadow where the Andrew McCutchen trade market was headed


SFG Receive: Andrew McCutchen, $2.5 million in cash considerations PIT Receive: RHP Kyle Crick, minor league OF Bryan Reynolds, $500,000 International Bonus Pool The Pittsburgh Pirates either had to go all-in this off-season and stretch the payroll, which was never going happen with Bob Nutting as the owner, or start the process of a re-tool. With the way Bob Nutting operates, an Andrew McCutchen trade was always going to happen at some point, but with an iconic player like McCutchen it still doesn’t make it any easier for the fan base to accept. “The reality is, he had one year left in Pittsburgh under the best of circumstances,” GM Neal Huntington said of McCutchen. “As a result, with where we are in the win curve, the Gerrit Cole trade did not dramatically impact our potential to win the World Series this year. This trade does not dramatically impact our potentialRead More »

Will a McCutchen to San Francisco trade eventually get done this month?


Is Andrew McCutchen San Francisco bound? With Jay Bruce headed to the New York Mets, the on again-off again trade talks between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates are said to be back on. In what the Pirates believe was an attempt to sell Giancarlo Stanton on accepting a trade to San Francisco, the Giants went hard after McCutchen in November and nearly secured a deal for the former MVP but after Stanton spurned San Francisco, the Giants pulled back on pursuing McCutchen to evaluate other options. Now the Giants