The Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday officially declined the 2019 club options for Josh Harrison, Jung Ho Kang, making both free agents. Both will now become free agents. Harrison was due to make $10.5 million and will receive a $1 million buyout. Kang had a $5.5 million option. Of the two, the door is still open to resigning Kang as the Pirates plan to open negotiations with his camp on a lesser number, likely somewhere around the $2.5-$3 million range, a source close to the situation says Harrison a 2-time All Star with the Pirates had a great run in Pittsburgh. The relationship, though, became extremely soured prior to last season when Harrison demanded a trade in the off-season and then failed to back it up with his play in hitting .250, a season mirrored with injuries. The Pirates will likely come out and say the door is still open butRead More »
One of the Pirates biggest colossal mistakes over the past year was giving Clint Hurdle a new four-year contract worth $12 million. It’s always easy to blame the manager and coach when things go south, they often get too much blame, but things have been building for a while that a new voice was needed going into this season and most importantly a stronger manager in the player development area. From young hitters to pitchers, there hasn’t been enough progression in multiple players. We’re seeing it again with Josh Bell among the primary examples in 2018. All of the fault doesn’t go on Hurdle but he’s the boss and was regarded in MLB circles as an elite hitting coach when hired in 2011. What the Pirates needed to do last season was make a decision on whether a new manager could get more out of their key core players whoRead More »
Pirates 2B Josh Harrison officially cleared waivers this week and the Pirates have been gauging trade interest in the two-time All-Star. Harrison, 31, has had a disappointing season in hitting .257/.299/.365 and while Pittsburgh failed to take advantage of Harrison’s trade value being much higher last off-season when the veteran infielder asked for a trade, talk out of the Pirates organization is that ‘multiple teams
Pirates Roster Moves *SS Jordy Mercer placed on the 10-day DL (Retro to August 15) with a left calf strain *OF Jordan Luplow recalled from Indianapolis *OF Jacob Stallings optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis *RHP Casey Sadler designated for assignment *SS Kevin Newman recalled from Indianapolis (contract purchased)
Giants 13 – Pirates 10 Somehow in the middle of a gigantic series and at the stage of the season where the Pirates’ postseason is right now, Clint Hurdle decided the rotation needed stretched out and Clay Holmes was handed the ball against the Giants on Friday night. It went as expected. Holmes was rocked in a 13-10 loss to the Giants. Making his third career start, Holmes was tagged for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. He walked four batters in the disastrous outing. Pittsburgh fell behind 10-2 after four innings before making things close late. This game was lost prior to first pitch as the organization continues to live in a world where they’re operating as if it’s May and not August. The Pirates with the loss are now 5 games out of a wildcard spot. Some nights with the way they attack their lineups, you’d think they wereRead More »
Prospects Buzz A pretty cool scene for the Pirates organization. Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings each hit for the cycle Triple-A Indianapolis in a 12-5 win over Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. Newman, a top contender to be the Pirates starting shortstop in 2019, hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to complete his first career cycle with his fifth hit of the game. Later in the inning, Stallings then beat out a triple on a drive to right-center field to complete the cycle, also the first of his career. Newman went 5-for-5 in hitting for the cycle and is hitting .306/.352/.414 in 103 games with Triple-A Indy.
Pirates 10 – Rockies 2 W: J.Taillon (9-8) L: C.Bettis (5-2) — The Pittsburgh Pirates (58-56) snapped a three game losing streak with a 10-2 win over the Colorado Rockies (60-53) on Tuesday night. Jameson Taillon pitched a complete game and the Pirates clubbed three homers in the rout. This was a game the Pirates badly needed as they have fallen in the wildcard standings and Chris Archer takes the mound Wednesday afternoon as the Pirates look to take 2 of 3. It is a type of game against a team in front of you in the standings that Archer needs to step up in. TOP PERFORMERS (HITTERS) 1. Starling Marte | 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R Marte who entered the night in a bad slump, set the tone with a solo homer in the 1st and finished the night going 2-5 with a home run, 2 RBIs andRead More »
Rockies 2 – Pirates 0 W: K.Freeland (10-7) L: J.Musgrove (4-6) S: W.Davis (32) Rockies starter Kyle Freeland threw seven shutout innings as Freeland and the bullpen combined on a two-hitter in leading the Rockies (60-52) to a 2-0 win over the Pirates (58-57) on Monday night. Pittsburgh’s losing streak hits three games as the Pirates are in danger of falling to .500 with a loss on Tuesday. Jameson Taillon will try to stop the skid. Corey Dickerson (1-4) and Joe Musgrove (1-2) were the lone Pirates to record hits in the loss. On the mound Musgrove was solid in allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run in seven innings. The Pirates enter Tuesday 5.5 games out of a wildcard spot. WILD CARD STANDINGS 1. Milwaukee Brewers (65-50) 2. Atlanta Braves (60-48) 3. LA Dodgers (62-51) 4. Colorado Rockies (60-52) 5. Washington Nationals (57-54) 6. St. Louis Cardinals (58-55) 7.Read More »