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Top Pirates News

  • Pirates' Joe Hudson: Joining Pirates' camp

    Hudson signed with the Pirates as a non-roster invitee Monday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    Hudson spent last season with the Mariners' organization, going 3-for-17 at the plate. The 29-year-old has received just 33 total plate appearances at the highest level, posting a .167/.219/.200 slash line. He fits best in an organizational depth role, though the Pirates' shallow roster could mean he earns unexpected playing time.

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  • Pirates' Troy Stokes: Booted off 40-man roster

    The Pirates designated Stokes for assignment Sunday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Two of the four prospects (Miguel Yajure and Roansy Contreras) the Pirates received in Sunday's trade that sent Jameson Taillon to the Yankees required placement on the 40-man roster, so Stokes was forced to cede his spot as a result. Stokes will now be exposed to waivers for the second time this month after the Pirates previously claimed him from the Tigers on Jan. 12.

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  • Pirates' Maikol Escotto: Sent to Pittsburgh

    Escotto, Canaan Smith, Roansy Contreras and Miguel Yajure were traded from the Yankees to the Pirates in exchange for Jameson Taillon (elbow) on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Escotto will turn 19 years old in June and appeared in 45 games in the Dominican Summer League during 2019, posting a .315/.429/.552 slash line, eight homers, 26 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 181 at-bats. He should head to the lower minors once he reports to the Pirates.

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  • Pirates' Roansy Contreras: Included in Taillon trade

    Contreras, Canaan Smith, Miguel Yajure and Maikol Escotto were traded from the Yankees to the Pirates in exchange for Jameson Taillon (elbow) on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    The right-hander was added to New York's 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and he's now been sent to Pittsburgh to continue his career. Contreras worked at the Low-A level in 2019 and had a 3.33 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 113:36 K:BB across 132.1 innings.

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  • Pirates' Miguel Yajure: Traded to Pittsburgh

    Yajure, Canaan Smith, Roansy Contreras and Maikol Escotto were traded from the Yankees to the Pirates in exchange for Jameson Taillon (elbow) on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    The 22-year-old made his big-league debut in 2020 with three appearances for the Yankees and performed well, yielding one run across seven innings. Yajure jumped from Double-A straight to the majors and may begin 2021 at the Triple-A level, but a strong showing at spring training could earn him a spot on the Pirates' Opening Day roster.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith: Sent to Pittsburgh for Taillon

    Smith, Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras and Maikol Escotto were traded from the Yankees to the Pirates in exchange for Jameson Taillon (elbow) on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Smith didn't play during the shortened season in 2020 and will now continue his career with the Pirates. The 21-year-old spent 2019 at Low-A and posted a .307/.405/.465 slash line with 11 homers, 32 doubles and 74 RBI in 124 games.

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  • Pirates' Endy Rodriguez: Shipped to Pirates

    Rodriguez was traded from the Mets to the Pirates on Monday as part of a three-team deal which sent Joey Lucchesi to New York and Joe Musgrove to San Diego, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.

    Rodriguez has potential but is nowhere close to the majors, having topped out in rookie ball thus far in his professional career. The switch-hitting backstop has looked good at the plate, hitting .294/.411/.510, though that's come in just 125 total plate appearances. He has the potential to hit for average while playing good defense behind the plate and is athletic enough to also spend time at other positions, though it's still a long time before we'll see him in the majors.

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  • Pirates' Drake Fellows: Part of Musgrove package

    Fellows was traded from San Diego to Pittsburgh on Monday as part of a three-team deal that sent Joe Musgrove to the Padres, Joey Lucchesi to the Mets and a package of prospects to the Pirates, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.

    Most of the pieces acquired by the Pirates are nowhere close to the majors. Fellows is perhaps the furthest away. The 2019 sixth-round pick didn't make his professional debut that season and was robbed of the chance to do so by the canceled minor-league season last year. In his three seasons at Vanderbilt, the righty produced a 3.85 ERA and a 26.1 percent strikeout rate.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Traded to Pittsburgh

    Bednar was traded from the Padres to the Pirates on Monday as part of a three-team trade that sent Joe Musgrove to the Padres and Joey Lucchesi to the Mets, source reports.

    Bednar is part of a large package of players heading to Pittsburgh as part of the deal. The 26-year-old righty is arguably one of the less interesting pieces in the deal, as he owns a 6.75 ERA in 17.1 career innings at the highest level.

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  • Pirates' Omar Cruz: Heading to Pittsburgh

    Cruz was sent from San Diego to Pittsburgh on Monday as part of a three-team deal which sent Joe Musgrove to the Padres, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.

    The 21-year-old lefty has produced some very strong minor-league numbers, but he's yet to pitch above Low-A, so his big-league debut isn't anywhere close. In 98.1 total innings as a professional, he owns a 2.38 ERA, backing that number up with an excellent 32.5 percent strikeout rate.

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  • Pirates' Hudson Head: Traded to Pirates

    Head was traded from the Padres to the Pirates on Monday as part of a package for Joe Musgrove, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    A third-round pick in the 2019 draft, Head comes with a decent amount of hype but is quite far from making the majors. The canceled 2020 minor-league season means he's only appeared in 32 total professional games, all at the rookie-ball level, though he did hit a strong .283/.383/.417 in those games. Head projects to have the speed necessary to stick in center field and makes good contact, but he needs plenty of polish if he's to turn his athleticism into game power.

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  • Pirates' Steven Brault: No arbiter needed

    Brault agreed to a one-year, $2.05 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    The 28-year-old southpaw logged a career-best 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 21.3 percent strikeout rate last season. He had never posted an ERA south of 4.61 prior to 2020, and he still walked far too many batters (12.4 percent), so regression seems to be in order.

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  • Pirates' Adam Frazier: Gets $4.3 million from Pirates

    Frazier agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    Frazier has typically graded out pretty well in the field but was pretty unlucky at the plate last season. He has a career .303 BABIP but that mark was down to .246 in 2020, leading to a career-worst .230 batting average. Most projection systems expect him to get back up in the .265 range, but he probably won't chip in enough home runs or stolen bases to be sought after in most formats.

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  • Pirates' Chad Kuhl: Comes to terms with Pirates

    Kuhl agreed to a one-year, $2.13 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    The 28-year-old righty only logged five-plus innings in five of his 11 appearances last season, but he was generally pretty solid, save for a Sept. 13 blowup outing in Kansas City where he gave up nine earned runs in 2.1 innings. He will compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

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  • Pirates' Colin Moran: Gets raise from Bucs

    Moran agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    Moran was on a tear early in the season but predictably cooled off, finishing with a still solid .247/.325/.472 slash line and 10 home runs in 200 plate appearances. He should split time between first base and designated hitter (assuming there is one in the National League) during his age-28 season.

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  • Pirates' Joe Musgrove: Comes to terms with Pirates

    Musgrove agreed to a one-year, $4.45 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    The Pirates' potential Opening Day starter heading into his age-28 season, Musgrove logged a 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 55:16 K:BB in 39.2 innings last season. His strikeout rate jumped from 21.9 percent in 2019 to 33.1 percent in 2020, and if those gains hold even a little, he could be in for a career year.

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  • Pirates' Richard Rodriguez: Reaches deal with Buccos

    Rodriguez signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Pirates on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The 30-year-old finished 2020 as Pittsburgh's closer and will make $1.7 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Rodriguez had a 2.70 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 34:5 K:BB over 23.1 innings last season, and he should begin spring training as the favorite for the closer's job again in 2021.

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  • Pirates' Jacob Stallings: Comes to terms with Bucs

    Stallings agreed to a one-year contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    The 31-year-old backstop hit .248/.326/.376 with three home runs in 143 plate appearances last year. He was also a strong defensive catcher, so he should be the primary backstop in Pittsburgh this season.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .220
(27th)
219
(30th)
59
(27th)
4.68
(19th)

Injuries

Player Injury
K. Newman SS Kevin Newman SS Knee
G. Polanco RF Gregory Polanco RF Wrist
E. Santana RP Edgar Santana RP Suspension
K. Crick RP Kyle Crick RP Lat
M. Feliz RP Michael Feliz RP Forearm

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