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Cubs Roll Past Pirates Behind Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber

Chicago Cubs 22 game winner Jake Arrieta handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates in complete game shutout, Kyle Schwarber drove in three runs, and Dexter Fowler slugged a solo homer to back up the effort, as the Cubs rolled past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the National League Wild Card game to advance to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arieta struck out 11 and allowed just four hits on 113 pitches. The NL Cy Young Award contender allowed only four earned runs in his final 12 starts of the season, a stretch in which he went 11-0 with a... 
 

Pirates Rumors: Third Baseman Needs Come Into Focus

Versatile third baseman Josh Harrison will miss seven weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday. Harrison’s injury arrives in the midst of his team’s eight-game winning streak that has lifted it within four games of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East with a 50-34 record. Pittsburgh currently owns a 3.5-game lead in the NL wild card race. The Pirates are also without outfielder Starling Marte, who left Sunday’s game after... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation Depth Being Tested At Minor League Level

Easily the biggest strength of the Pittsburgh Pirates thus far this season has been the work of the rotation. The starting staff has been among the best not just in the National League, but all of baseball – keeping the team afloat while the offense tries to find its groove. But while their success of their rotation – especially at the top – has been nice, the idea of going through an entire season without needing some extra help from the minor leagues is crazy. Pittsburgh has already had to dig into their farm system when they... 
 

Phillies ship Bastardo to Pirates for minor league pitcher

With Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett signed to solidify the rotation for 2015, the Pittsburgh Pirates shifted their attention to the bullpen by acquiring 29-year-old left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez. Earlier this week, the Phillies were reportedly talking to the Boston Red Sox about trading Bastardo for minor league infielder and Philadelphia area native Sean Coyle. Bastardo has spent all six of his Major League seasons with the Phillies. He surrendered just 43 hits in 64 innings... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed Francisco Liriano to a three year deal worth $39 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Earlier in the offseason Liriano rejected the Pirates qualifying offer of $15.3 million. The Pirates added veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett back in November. He and Liriano were a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the Pirates rotation in 2013. The 31 year-old Liriano revitalized his career in Pittsburgh. After a couple of lackluster seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox in which he posted ERAs north... 
 

MLB Free Agents: Pirates Reunited with A.J. Burnett

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reunited with starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. The 37 year-old hurler signed a one-year deal worth $8.5 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Burnett previously played for the Pirates from 2012-13. In his two seasons with the Pirates, Burnett posted some of the best numbers of his career. He managed a 3.41 ERA with strikeout and walk rates of 23.6 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively. In addition, he had one of the highest ground ball rates in the major leagues. All of these factors contributed to a stellar adjusted... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Russell Martin

The Pittsburgh Pirates tagged catcher Russell Martin with a qualifying offer this Monday, which he is likely to decline. The 31 year-old catcher has the option of accepting a one-year contract with the Pirates for $15.3 million, but it’s more likely that he will test free agency. After a career year at the plate, it’s likely that Martin can find a multi-year deal. The Pirates signed Martin to a two year deal worth $15 million in the 2012 offseason. Martin was coming off two seasons with the New York Yankees where he provided some... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Offense Is Carrying Them Towards the Playoffs

After enduring a difficult start to the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have fought their way back into the second Wild Card spot. At 75-68, they have a 1.5 game lead on the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers for the last playoff berth. A big reason for their success has been their offensive prowess. In terms of runs scored, the Pirates rank ninth in the major leagues, and third in the National League. by wRC+, a park-adjusted batting metric, the Pirates 107 mark is third-best in the major leagues. However, the fact that they carry a... 
 

NL MVP Candidates: Andrew McCutchen

Last season, Andrew McCutchen led the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first playoff appearance in 21 years. The Pirates centerfielder produced a .317/.404/.508 batting line, drilled 21 home runs, stole 27 bases, and played excellent defense. Overall he totaled 8.3 fWAR, the most in the National League. Only Mike Trout had more. For his efforts, McCutchen was named the NL’s Most Valuable Player. Despite missing time with a rib injury, McCutchen is having another great year. Through the first two months of the season he hit just four home runs.... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen Headed to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to announced that All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be placed 15-day disabled list due to an oblique muscle injury, according to the  the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McCutchen may miss up to a month of playing time, significantly impacting the Pirates run at a playoff spot. The injury occurred during Sundays game with the Arizona Diamondbacks during an eighth inning at bat. McCutchen  has never been on the disabled list in his Major League career. He’s played in 843 of 868 games since his debut... 
 

Jason Grilli, Ernesto Fieri Swapped In Change of Scenery Deal

The Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates traded closers Jason Grilli and Ernesto Fieri in a move that both teams hope will help both players. Grilli had served as the Pirates’ primary closing option for most of the past two seasons before being removed from the role recently. After a solid 2013 season, 33 saves, Grilli struggled with his command this season, and was 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances and lost his job to Mark Melancon last week after blowing 4 of his 15 save opportunities. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntingdon... 
 

Pirates Place Gerritt Cole On DL With Shoulder Fatigue

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed young ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. The move is retroactive to June 4. The Pirates called up lefty Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. In 12 starts and 76 2/3 innings this season, Cole has gone 6-3 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has a 3.39 ERA in 194 MLB innings since making his debut last summer. Manager Clint Hurdle said there have been some signs in his past several starts that fatigue may have set in.... 
 

Jordy Mercer: Pirates Look to Turn Shortstop Position into Strength

Clint Barmes, Ronny Cedeno , Jack Wilson, Mike Benjamin, Pat Meares, Lou Collier, Kevin Elster. Those names all have two things in common. 1) Over the last 15 seasons, they have been starters on opening day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  2) Not one of those players were above average or even average Major League hitters Heading into the 2014 season, the Pirates look to change that, as they have named Jordy Mercer their starting shortstop. Mercer, 27, was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft. Mercer replaces Clint Barmes, who manned the position... 
 

What Would a Starling Marte Contract Extension Mean to the Pirates?

Unless you consider a fifth-starter reclamation job and a handful of wait-and-see organizational promotions exhilarating, it’s been an awfully quiet offseason for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not so for the Atlanta Braves, who earlier this winter signed the future core of their franchise to five contract extensions totaling 27 years and over $280 million in just over two weeks’ time. Pittsburgh is never going to be a big-market club, and no amount of fireworks nights or even legitimate home sellout streaks will take them into the same economic... 
 

Pirates Stockpiled Arms Before Rule Change On Slot Draft Picks

Before the new management regime in Pittsburgh, the Pirates were notoriously bad, even laughable when it came to drafting and developing players. Neal Huntington accepted the GM position for the Pirates in 2007. Shortly after, Huntington along with a few other GM’s around the leage employed a strategy that has brought about rule changes for all of Major League Baseball. Teams that were not willing or simply could not spend the money needed to land top tier free agents began to spend more and more in the draft. According to Jorge L. Ortiz at USA... 
 
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