When the Pirates officially promoted Justin Meccage to their big league coaching staff on Dec. 1, left-hander Steven Brault quickly reached out to congratulate Pittsburgh’s new assistant pitching coach.
The Pirates left the Winter Meetings on Thursday not ready to publicly answer a critical question: Is it time to reload or rebuild?
When the Pirates arrived at the Winter Meetings on Sunday night, it was unclear whether they did so as buyers, sellers or something in between. As they hurried home Thursday morning, their status is still up in the air.
The Pirates added a pair of high-upside right-handers on the final day of the Winter Meetings, selecting reliever Jordan Milbrath and acquiring rehabbing reliever Nick Burdi shortly after the Rule 5 Draft ended.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle met with the media on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Agent Scott Boras, who represents Gerrit Cole, said Wednesday morning that he has seen “no evidence” that the Pirates are seriously considering trading their Opening Day starter this offseason.
Ask Clint Hurdle how the Pirates can improve offensively next season, and he won’t mention a power-hitting free agent or trade target.
The Yankees are interested in acquiring Gerrit Cole, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported Monday, the first day of the Winter Meetings. That doesn’t necessarily mean a trade is imminent, or even that one will take place this offseason, but the Pirates will listen to offers for their Opening Day starter.
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Now, perhaps, the Pirates’ offseason plans will come into sharper focus.
Pirates closer Felipe Rivero says he lets his sister, Priscilla, handle most of his offseason business. She could be busy next week.