Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Pirates.2446681514.22
NL Central5th5th5th4th
National League 14th13th14th7th

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BOS
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TOR
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PHI
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Standings

NL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Chicago80-6292-70
Milwaukee75-6786-76
St. Louis75-6783-79
Pittsburgh65-7775-87
Cincinnati63-7968-94
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Pirates' Felipe Rivero: Inks four-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivero signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Pirates on Monday which includes a pair of $10 million club options, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

In the same week the Pirates traded away two of their veteran stars -- Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole -- they also committed to one of their more promising pieces in Rivero. The 26-year-old jumped into the discussion of top-tier relievers with his breakout performance in 2017, as he finished the season with a 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 88:20 K:BB across 75.1 innings. He took over as the team's closer in June and didn't miss a beat, converting all but two of his 24 save opportunities. Rivero is set to reprise his role as the Pirates' closer in 2018; he'll look to solidify himself as one of the top closers in the game with another impressive season.

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Pirates' Bryan Reynolds: Headed to Pittsburgh
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Reynolds was traded to the Pirates on Monday along with Kyle Crick in exchange for Andrew McCutchen, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Reynolds, who was one of the Giants' top prospects before being traded, spent all of 2017 with High-A San Jose, where he hit a respectable .312/.364/.462 with 10 homers and 63 RBI in 121 games. While he doesn't offer much speed or power, the switch-hitting 22-year-old is a solid defender in centerfield and hasn't batted lower than .312 since being drafted in the second round of 2016.

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Pirates' Kyle Crick: Traded to Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick was traded to the Pirates on Monday along with Bryan Reynolds in exchange for Andrew McCutchen, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Crick will be one of two pieces headed back to Pittsburgh in exchange for one year of McCutchen's services. The 25-year-old was shifted to the bullpen in 2017 and performed well enough in his new role to earn a promotion to the Giants in June. While he posted a respectable 3.06 ERA across 32.1 innings of relief in his first major-league stint, Crick likely benefitted from a .233 BABIP and could be in line for some regression next season, especially if he doesn't lower his problematic walk-rate (4.7 BB/9 in 32.1 major-league innings). The right-hander does, however, throw a high-90s fastball, and could blossom into a high-leverage reliever down the road if he can shake his control issues. In the meantime, he should factor into the middle-to-back end of Pittsburgh's bullpen.

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Pirates' Engelb Vielma: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vielma was designated for assignment Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for the players acquired in the Gerrit Cole deal, Vielma and pitcher Shane Carle have been designated for assignment. Vielma will look to hopefully catch on with another organization for a major-league roster spot, though he'll likely begin the year Triple-A.

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Pirates' Shane Carle: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Carle was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Carle -- who was claimed by the Pirates in early January -- will be cast off the 40-man roster following the team's trade of Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros. The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2017 season in the minor leagues and appears to be on track to open the new season in Triple-A again, whether it be with Pittsburgh or another organization.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGAndrew McCutchen , CF.279
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF28
RBIJosh Bell , 1B90
OBPDavid Freese , 3B.368
SLGAndrew McCutchen , CF.486
RAndrew McCutchen , CF94
SBStarling Marte , LF21
WGerrit Cole , SP12
ERAIvan Nova , SP4.14
WHIPGerrit Cole , SP1.25
KGerrit Cole , SP196
SVFelipe Rivero , RP21

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