Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates sign righty reliever Nicasio
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The Pirates added another intriguing power arm to their bullpen on Thursday, signing right-hander Juan Nicasio to a one-year contract on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

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Niese is nice, but Bucs have holes to fill
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The Pirates traded Neil Walker, a pending free agent projected to make $10.7 million next season, to the Mets and picked up Jon Niese in return.

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Bucs sign Vogelsong to 1-year deal
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The Pirates have signed free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year deal.

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Pirates release Webster 3 weeks after trade
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Less than a month after acquiring Allen Webster for cash considerations, the Pirates have released the 25-year-old right-hander.

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Bucs eager to see moves come to fruition
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Over the next several months, the Pirates may upgrade their roster to form a better club than the group that won 98 games last season. But twice over the past few weeks, and once again Saturday morning, the Pirates bid farewell to a longtime teammate and friend.

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Pirates name Minor League staffs for '16
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The Pirates announced their 2016 Minor League managers and coaching staffs on Tuesday.

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Closer-in-waiting Watson might not be waiting long
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One of the Majors’ best setup men, Tony Watson is ready to handle the ninth inning if needed. And he might be — if the Pirates trade Mark Melancon.

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First full year under belt, Polanco preps for '16
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Gregory Polanco packed on pounds of muscle last winter, hoping it would prepare him for his first full season in the Majors. As it turned out, the best way for the Pirates’ right fielder to learn about the rigors of a 162-game season was to play through one.

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Healthy after two tough years, Taillon eyes debut
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Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh’s No. 4 prospect, took part in PirateFest activities on Saturday just like any other player. Now, he’s preparing for Spring Training like any other pitcher. It may not seem like much, but it’s a tremendous feeling for the 24-year-old after being held back by injuries the last two years.

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Bucs acquire 1B Rogers in deal with Brewers
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The Pirates picked up another first baseman on Thursday night, acquiring Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and pitching prospect Trey Supak.

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Pirates bring back Rodriguez on 1-year deal
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Sean Rodriguez is coming back to the Pirates, though he may have a different part to play in 2016.

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Brother of Bucs reliever dies in car crash
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Lincoln Holdzkom, the older brother of Pirates reliever John Holdzkom and a former Bucs Minor Leaguer, was killed in a car accident in California on Sunday, according to the New Zealand Herald. He was 33.

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