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Report: Pirates sign Wilkin Castillo to minor-league contract
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Pirates signed catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor-league contract Wednesday, sources told Fox Sports. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

Castillo is a career .314 hitter in 35 at-bats.

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Orioles finalize trade with Pirates for Travis Snider
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

As part of the trade sending outfielder Travis Snider to the Orioles, the Pirates will receive prospect Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later, the team announced.

The left-handed Tarpley pitched at Class A in 2014 and went 3-5 with a 3.68 ERA.

Snider hit .264 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 2014 and will be a free agent after the 2016 season. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Snider fits in well with the team, reports MASNsports.com. 

"Snider is a solid dependable power-hitting outfielder and is an excellent fit for Camden Yards," Duquette said.

To make room for Snider, the Orioles designated Michael Ohlman for assignment

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Report: Orioles, Pirates rekindle Travis Snider trade talks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Orioles and Pirates have revived trade talks regarding Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider, a source told The Baltimore Sun. The Orioles are closing in on a framework for a deal for Snider and are encouraged a trade will happen in exchange for one or two minor-league players.

The 26-year-old Snider is in his second year of arbitration and will be a free agent after the 2016 season. He will make $2.1 million in 2015.

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Huntington: Pirates' Kang 'horrified' at portrayal of Mercer quote
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday the team is "trying to reduce expectations up front" for shortstop Jung-ho Kang in an effort to "allow him to transition and become comfortable."

The expectations are certainly riding high for Kang, who is coming off a 40-homer season in Korea. Kang also put himself in a tough position a few weeks ago when he was quoted as saying he "can play better than" Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer.

Although, Huntington said Kang was "absolutely horrified" how the quote about winning the shortstop job over Mercer was portrayed in the U.S., per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"The one mistake I made through Kang process is not coming out and saying how much we like Jordy Mercer," Huntington told MLB Network Radio. "We like him."

Huntington said Kang is "most comfortable" at shortstop, but added he is going to play at second and third base in spring training as well.

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Pirates prospect Tucker working his way back from thumb surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Pirates shortstop prospect Cole Tucker, who was selected in the first round (24th overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft, had surgery in October to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

Tucker sustained the injury while playing in a rookie-league game in July. He opted for surgery after he aggravated the injury in the instructional league.

“We were certainly aware that Cole was battling this and were working with him as he tried to play through it,” assistant general manager Kyle Stark said in an email. “After struggling to (make) progress, we sought further testing and had further dialogue where all parties ultimately decided it was best to get the procedure done at that time.”

Tucker hit .267 with a .368 on-base percentage, .356 slugging percentage, .724 OPS, two triples, two home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI, 39 runs and 13 stolen bases in 48 games in the Gulf Coast League last season.

He is expected to be ready for the start of the minor-league season.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJosh Harrison , 3B.315
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF25
RBIAndrew McCutchen , CF83
OBPAndrew McCutchen , CF.410
SLGAndrew McCutchen , CF.542
RAndrew McCutchen , CF89
SBStarling Marte , LF30
WEdinson Volquez , SP13
ERAEdinson Volquez , SP3.04
WHIPEdinson Volquez , SP1.23
KFrancisco Liriano , SP175
SVMark Melancon , RP33
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