For two months, the Giants’ wide-ranging search for outfield help has kept the Andrew McCutchen trade rumor mill churning. But a new team entered the conversation Thursday night, when MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mets have asked the Pirates about McCutchen for the second year in a row.
The Pirates on Thursday claimed Shane Carle off waivers from the Rockies, reuniting with the right-hander a little more than three years after dealing him to Colorado.
The Giants and Pirates have had recent contact regarding a trade that would send Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco, a source told MLB.com, although a deal is not imminent and multiple barriers remain.
In the latest Inbox, beat reporter Adam Berry answers questions about trading Felipe Rivero for prospects, dealing Gerrit Cole to the Cubs and if Josh Bell can hit .300.
This time last year, the Pirates’ offseason work was all but over. They signed Daniel Hudson on Dec. 21, 2016, and re-signed Ivan Nova six days later. They spent the following six weeks shuffling players to clear roster spots, making small-scale trades and signing Minor League free agents.
After batting .270 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in 140 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016, while seeing action at all four infield spots and all three outfield spots, Sean Rodriguez signed with the Atlanta Braves as a free agent.
From start to finish, 2017 was full of challenges for the Pirates. But for all that went wrong last season, maybe that much more will go right in this new year. At the very least, the Pirates believe they’ll be better off for what they experienced in last year.
The past year resulted in disappointment for the Pirates, from the early absences that hamstrung their lineup to the 75-87 record that again left them searching for answers this offseason. But 2017 was not without its bright spots for the Bucs.
New Year’s Eve will mark 45 years since the sudden loss of Pittsburgh icon Roberto Clemente, whose legacy hasn’t dimmed since his heyday.
Beat reporter Adam Berry answers fans’ questions in a new edition of the Pirates Inbox.
It’s nearly 2018, and it’s still unclear if the Pirates view next year as a chance to contend or another bridge to a brighter future. Either way, Josh Bell might be the most important player in Pittsburgh’s lineup.
When the Pirates declined to exercise veteran Chris Stewart’s option for next season, they all but officially named Elias Diaz their backup catcher. In doing so, they also showed they believe Diaz can handle an everyday role in the Majors.