Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2606971403.21
NL Central1st1st4th2nd
National League 4th4th9th2nd

Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 1
at DET
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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 2
at DET
*
1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 3
TOR
*
1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 4
MIN
*
1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 5
at ATL
*
1:05 pm EST
Sun Mar 6
HOU
*
1:05 pm EST
Mon Mar 7
PHI
*
1:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 8
at PHI
*
1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 9
BOS
*
1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 10
at TB
*
1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 11
TB

Standings

NL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
St. Louis89-53100-62
Pittsburgh85-5798-64
Chicago87-5597-65
Milwaukee60-8268-94
Cincinnati57-8564-98
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Pirates' Cory Luebke: Signs minor league contract with Pirates on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cory Luebke signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.

Luebke had his 2016 option declined by the Padres after two Tommy John surgeries since 2012 and another elbow injury in July derailed his tenure with San Diego. The left-hander pitched well in the majors from 2010-2012 with a 3.25 ERA, though, so he could get some looks for the fifth rotation spot, although it's probably more likely that he'll begin 2016 in the minor leagues.

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Pirates' Eric O'Flaherty: Signs minor league contract with Pirates on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Eric O'Flaherty signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports.

O'Flaherty had a rough season last year with an 8.10 ERA in 30 innings pitched, but from 2010 to 2014, the left-hander was one of the better southpaws in baseball. There aren't a lot of lefties beyond Tony Watson in the Pirates bullpen at the moment, so he stands a good chance of getting a bullpen spot if he can return to his dominant form from when he was with Atlanta.

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Pirates' AJ Schugel: Clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Schugel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, but he will still receive an invitation to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Schugel has been designated for assignment three times this offseason, but for now he'll remain a part of the Pirates organization. He'll still get to attend major league spring training, but Friday's move makes it more likely that he'll begin the year in the minors.

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Pirates' AJ Schugel: Designated for assignment by Pirates on Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

A.J. Schugel was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Schugel was the casualty for another 40-man roster logjam, this time making room for pitcher Jesse Biddle. This is the third time that he's has been designated for assignment this offseason, the first two being by the Diamondbacks and the Mariners. The 26-year-old reached the majors for the first time this past season, but really hasn't pitched all that well above the Double-A level.

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Pirates' Jesse Biddle: Traded to Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Biddle (elbow) was traded to the Pirates on Wednesday, CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports.

He was designated for assignment last week, but considering his previous status as a highly-touted prospect, it is not surprising that the Phillies received interest in Biddle. Back in 2012 he was electric at times, flashing a beautiful curveball with great shape and depth, but poor command and a fringe fastball led to him getting hit hard in the upper levels of the minors, and he now serves as a cautionary tale for prospect hounds who fall in love with pitchers with incomplete repertoires in the lower levels. That said, the Pirates might be the best developmental organization for pitchers, so this is an ideal spot for Biddle to try to salvage his professional career. This has very little fantasy impact, however, as Biddle will miss all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the fall, so it won't be clear what the Pirates have in him until 2017. He will likely spend all of 2016 on the 60-day DL.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGFrancisco Cervelli , C.295
HRPedro Alvarez , 1B27
RBIAndrew McCutchen , CF96
OBPAndrew McCutchen , CF.401
SLGAndrew McCutchen , CF.488
RAndrew McCutchen , CF91
SBStarling Marte , LF30
WGerrit Cole , SP19
ERAGerrit Cole , SP2.60
WHIPGerrit Cole , SP1.09
KFrancisco Liriano , SP205
SVMark Melancon , RP51

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