Over the last three days, the Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, the star player and pitcher for Pittsburgh’s postseason teams from 2013-15. In return came a bundle of young talent the Bucs hope will lead them back to the playoffs in the near future.
The Pirates traded McCutchen to the Giants, ending the franchise player’s nine-year tenure in Pittsburgh. The Pirates receive Giants’ No. 4-ranked prospect Bryan Reynolds and right-hander Kyle Crick — who is ranked No. 16, according to MLB Pipeline.
The Pirates and closer Felipe Rivero have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with two additional club options, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club has not confirmed the deal.
The Pirates spent the long weekend reshaping their roster, trading a pair of cornerstone players for a haul of young talent. But the Pirates’ next young ace may have been in their system all along.
Joe Musgrove will immediately join the Pirates’ young rotation as the club retools its roster without Gerrit Cole. The Bucs believe the 25-year-old Musgrove will thrive as a starter, even after some ups and downs with the Astros.
The Pirates on Sunday designated right-hander Shane Carle and infielder Engelb Vielma for assignment, finalizing the corresponding roster moves following Saturday’s trade of right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Astros.
With Gerrit Cole now an Astro, what’s next for the Pirates?
The Pirates traded right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Astros on Saturday for right-handed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, as well as prospects Colin Moran and Jason Martin.
The Pirates avoided a trio of arbitration hearings by agreeing on Friday to one-year contracts with starter Gerrit Cole, shortstop Jordy Mercer and reliever George Kontos, sources told MLB.com.
Austin Meadows wore No. 13 with Triple-A Indianapolis last season. He won’t wear it again this year. But Meadows, the Pirates’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has changed more than just his number in an effort to avoid the injuries that have plagued him throughout his climb up Pittsburgh’s Minor League system.
Steven Brault and Trevor Williams are reporting to Spring Training in roughly five weeks, and the duo hopes to get the word out about their offseason project to as many ears as possible beforehand.