12/19/2014 | Pirates add Hart to mix with 1-year deal
The Pirates signed first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year deal for the 2015 season on Friday. According to reports, Hart will get $2.5 million from the Pirates, and his contract includes another $2.5 million in incentives.
12/17/2014 | Searage's latest mission? Revive careers of Richard, Liz
Ray Searage comes into every spring feeling a bit like a cast member of a revival of the classic TV series "Mission: Impossible." Searage always accepts his task, and repeatedly turns it into mission very-much-possible.
12/16/2014 | Huntington, Hurdle: Alvarez is option No. 1 at first
Two developments on Monday brought a little more clarity to perhaps the fuzziest inset of the 2015 Pirates' picture: The first-base cast. Free-agent first baseman Michael Morse reached a two-year agreement with the Marlins, who reportedly had prior trade interest in Pedro Alvarez, among others, for that position.
12/14/2014 | Gracious Pirates fans get candid answers from brass
A feature of every PirateFest is a question-and-answer program between fans and the management triumvirate of club president Frank Coonelly, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle. Amid graciously accepting kudos for the efforts that brought Pirates baseball back into relevance, Coonelly and Hurdle both were candid when asked about current players events.
12/14/2014 | Dream of everyday catching in reach for Cervelli
In 2015 with the Pirates, Francisco Cervelli will get another chance to fulfill his dream of being an everyday catcher.
12/13/2014 | 'Dream Outfield' intent on running down every ball
During a lively question-and-answer session with fans on the opening day of PirateFest, one of the most engaging questions heard from the floor concerned the fastest player on the Buccos.
12/13/2014 | Burnett, Morton expect to be ready by start of season
Pirates starters A.J. Burnett and Charlie Morton are both recovering from similar hernia injuries, and they expect to be ready for the start of the season.
12/13/2014 | Pirates unveil alternate jersey honoring Armed Forces
Always a dedicated and passionate supporter of the Armed Forces through Pirates Charities, the club will show that care on its hearts during the 2015 season.
12/11/2014 | Pirates pleased in reaching goals at Winter Meetings
Perhaps no other team approached the Bucs' 1.000 batting average. General manager Neal Huntington knocked off both items on that short list, thus punctuating a satisfying offseason.
12/11/2014 | Pirates lose three, including Oliver, in Rule 5 Draft
Tyler Waldron and Luis Urena, another right-hander taken by Tampa Bay, were both plucked off Double-A Altoona's roster in the Draft's Triple-A phase. The Pirates did lose one pitcher in the Major League phase of the annual draft -- left-hander Andy Oliver was selected by the Phillies.
12/10/2014 | NL Central looking like 5-team race
With the Cubs' signing of Jon Lester, the 2015 version of the National League Central can safely be projected as a five-team race. The Cardinals' track record and pedigree suggest that they should still be the favorites. But every other team can offer a valid argument on behalf of its own chances.
12/10/2014 | Bucs want to keep Walker in Pittsburgh for rest of career
For the second time in three years, the Pirates have had preliminary discussions with Neil Walker about a contract extension. General manager Neal Huntington hopes the talks are more fruitful than they were in 2011, when they broke off quickly.
12/10/2014 | Pitchers' hitting foremost on Hurdle's mind for next spring
"Turning the page" apparently is a difficult baseball task. All managers encourage their players to forget about yesterday and focus on tomorrow. But when it comes to a manager turning his own page, it may as well be a concrete block. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, taking his turn Wednesday to meet the national media, also has a 2014 memory he can't get out of his mind.
12/10/2014 | Bastardo trades Pennyslvania zip codes, joins Pirates
The Pirates checked another item off their Winter Meetings shopping list on Wednesday, acquiring left-hander Antonio Bastardo from Philadelphia in return for left-handed prospect Joely Rodriguez.
12/10/2014 | Lefty Rodriguez opening eyes in offseason leagues
A fresh name to keep in mind for both the Pirates' bullpen and the rotation is left-hander Joely Rodriguez, who was chosen by Arizona Fall League managers and coaches to the league's Top Prospects Team.
12/10/2014 | Depth could allow Pirates to give McCutchen extra rest
Travis Snider's presence as a solid option and Starling Marte's play in center during Andrew McCutchen's absence may lead to Pirates manager Clint Hurdle giving McCutchen occasional games off just for the sake of rest in 2015.
12/9/2014 | Pirates comfortable with mix behind the plate
The Pirates had already demonstrated their high regard for Francisco Cervelli a month ago by swapping Justin Wilson to the Yankees for the catcher. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington confirmed that esteem, leaving no doubt the 28-year-old Venezuelan is the Bucs' No. 1 catcher.
12/9/2014 | Sources: Pirates ink Liriano to 3-year deal
Neal Huntington got his man on Tuesday. The Pirates have reached agreement with free-agent left-hander Francisco Liriano on a three-year deal for $39 million. MLB sources confirmed only the agreement, terms of which were first reported by MLBDailyRumors.com.
12/8/2014 | Seeking pitching, Bucs working 'different fronts' at Meetings
Typically, general managers' best play when negotiating with agents or potential trade partners is the deadline card. Take-it-or-leave-it offers with a limited shelf life. GM Neal Huntington, transparent with the Pirates' biggest need, knows that card is not in play at these Winter Meetings. It would fall on dead ears of agents representing any pitcher on his wish list -- such as lefty Francisco Liriano.
12/8/2014 | Banister calls Hurdle 'best' manager he's been around
In the 29-year run with the Pirates that came to conclusion with his hiring as Texas manager, Jeff Banister got to know and work with seven different managers. The best of the group, the one who made the most profound impression on a first-time manager? "Clint Hurdle," Banister said Monday during his media session at the Winter Meetings.
12/8/2014 | Pirates taking part in MLB.com Auction for LUNGevity
Few teams take their social responsibilities as seriously as do the Bucs, who regularly demonstrate this vital community connection through the efforts of Pirates Charities. The Bucs have included two unique opportunities in the MLB.com Auction underway as part of the game's Stand Up To Cancer initiative, details of which were announced Monday afternoon at the site of the Winter Meetings.
12/8/2014 | Bucs add Lindblom to bullpen mix
In their recent low-profile additions, the Pirates have shown a definite affinity for onetime high Draft picks who, for one reason or another, have not yet performed up to their projections. That trend continued with Monday's acquisition, on waivers, of right-hander Josh Lindblom from the A's.
12/8/2014 | Little, Young join Pirates' baseball-operations staff
The Pirates have made two fresh hires for their baseball-operations department, adding former big league manager Grady Little as a senior adviser and former Pittsburgh first baseman Kevin Young as a special assistant.
12/7/2014 | Clock ticking down to start of Winter Meetings
Baseball has pitched its big top in downtown San Diego, the workshop for Major League Santas and their elves who in the next four days will wrap 2015 gifts for their teams' fans.
12/5/2014 | Huntington could look to make big splash at Meetings
Neal Huntington will be a busy man in San Diego. However, the Pirates' general manager figures to do more listening than asking at the Winter Meetings. Huntington may be done with the little, fringe moves, of which he has made many since the end of the season. If he drops another shoe, it would be a big one that impacts the Pirates on multiple levels, perhaps even shaking up a starting lineup that at the moment seems set.
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