Pirates, Yankees strike 5 player deal NYY Receives: P Jameson Taillon PIT Receives: RHP Roansy Contreras, INF Maikol Escotto, OF Canaan Smith, RHP Miguel Yajure
Several years away from being at least competitive and fielding a respectable team, the Pirates are in a complete tear down of the roster and any veteran with a pulse on that roster and a rising salary is going to get shipped out of town. The trade of Joe Musgrove Monday night was some luck coming on the Pirates side in that they were able to take advantage of Musgrove’s trade value being much higher than it really should have been. The local media will greatly overrate the Pirates return. Call it a haul or whatever, the Pirates, though, at least got a promising return for a low level No. 3 caliber pitcher if you buy into his 2020 campaign being a sign of things to come. You have to start somewhere for this franchise and they did well for who they traded. CF Hudson Head, Age 19 C EndyRead More »
No Hope, Full-Blown Rebuild in the Works With a full blown rebuild in the works and several years away of having any hopes of competing again, the Pirates’ way of economics always had Josh Bell heading out the door sooner than later, and on Christmas Eve, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Bell to the Washington Nationals. In the deal, the Pirates received pitchers Wil Crowe and Eddy Yean. Crowe, 26, made his MLB debut in 2020, posting a 11.88 ERA in three appearances. Yean, 19, posted a 3.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 10 starts at rookie ball in 2019. As with any pitcher as young as Yean, it will be a while before the Pirates know what they have if anything in Yean. “We’re going to need to continue to focus on the accumulation of talent and then the development of that talent, and that comes from all different avenues,”Read More »
STL 5 – PIT 4 (F) *Jack Flaherty pitched seven solid innings, striking out six and allowing two earned runs in a Cardinals (1-0) 5-4 win over the Pirates (0-1). *St. Louis and Flaherty built a 3-0 cushion until the Pirates climbed within 3-2 in the seventh on a 2-run RBI single from Jacob Stallings. *In the eighth, the game got away from the Pirates again as Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer off Rich Rodriguez to push the Cards lead to 5-2. Pittsburgh rallied in the ninth to get within one on a Jose Osuna infield single that scored Josh Bell and Colin Moran. *In the loss, Joe Musgove allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 5.2 IP. Trevor Williams takes the mound for Pirates on Saturday afternoon. *GAME LEADERS: J. Stallings 2-4, 4 R, RBI | C. Moran 2-4, 2B, 2 R | J. Osuna 2-4, 2Read More »
PIT @ STL (8:15 p.m.) *Pirates went a combined 3-21 in spring training, were 5-14 against the Cardinals in 2019 *STL has won six straight series vs PIT *Over the last two seasons, SP Joe Musgrove has allowed 29 earned runs in 30 innings vs the Cards. Musgrove has lost six straight starts vs STL. *Cards Ace Jack Flaherty will start for STL. 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA in 2019, Flaherty posted a 0.91 ERA in the second half of last season.
The New York Mets acquisition of Jake Marisnick hasn’t fully closed the door on the Mets considering a trade for Pirates CF Starling Marte, MLB Insider Jon Heyman reports. Marte, 31, is the primary trade chip new GM Ben Cherington has been exploring trades for. Marte is due $11.5 million this season and has a $12.5 million club option in 2021.
In an person meeting on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially offered Ben Cherington the General Manager position. Cherington a favorite from the start, and who was recommended by the search firm, is considered likely to accept the position. Barring a snap in final negotiations, the Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey reports Cherington is likely to be introduced on Monday.
Latest Pirates Buzz The Pittsburgh Pirates search for a new General Manager is starting to reach the final stages and movement has the Pirates expecting to introduce a new General Manager before the end of next week. The Three finalists: Former Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington Milwaukee Brewers Assistant GM Matt Arnold Pirates Interim GM Kevan Graves Cherington has been a favorite among the search firm hired by the Pirates as Cherington has close ties to the firm which has raised some eyebrows. Cherington who will have another interview with the club on Thursday, has great interest in the job because of an understanding throughout the process that the incoming General Manager will have full say and power on day-to-day baseball decisions. The scuttlebutt in MLB circles is the Pirates hiring of Travis Williams as Team President was strictly for the business side of the organization, a message that’sRead More »