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Jeff Locke | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News's Joe Frisaro reports that Jeff Locke is "a possible fit" with the Marlins.
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016. He had a much better career 4.16 ERA before last season, however, and is just 29. The left-hander can surely be had cheaply. Dec 5 - 6:25 PM

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Pirates non-tendered LHP Jeff Locke.

The club designated Locke for assignment earlier in the week but weren't able to find a trade partner prior to Friday's deadline. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market.
Dec 3 - 8:20 AM

Pirates designated LHP Jeff Locke for assignment.

Pittsburgh didn't want to pay Locke a raise over the $3.025 million he earned in 2016 after watching him post a 5.44 ERA in 127 1/3 innings (19 starts, 11 relief appearances). He would have been entering his second turn through salary arbitration. The 29-year-old left-hander is now a free agent.
Nov 29 - 6:34 PM

Jeff Locke has been dealing with left shoulder discomfort of late but is available out of the Pirates' bullpen Thursday.

Locke's last appearance came on September 10. The left-hander holds a 5.49 ERA over 29 appearances -- 19 starts -- for the Bucs this season.
Sep 22 - 5:38 PM

Jeff Locke has been moved to the bullpen.

This comes after a poor showing Wednesday against Atlanta (4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER). The Pirates haven't announced who will take his place in the starting rotation. An All-Star in 2013, Locke has posted a 5.63 ERA this season to go with an embarrassing 4.98 K/9.
Aug 6 - 4:12 PM

Jeff Locke was tagged for five runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Braves in a loss Wednesday.

Locke shouldn't be guaranteed any additional starts after this one. He still has a winning record, at 8-7, but his ERA is sitting at 5.63 and he's struck out just 61 in 110 1/3 innings.
Aug 3 - 11:03 PM

Jeff Locke will start Wednesday versus the Braves.

Locke has been bouncing between the rotation and bullpen. The left-hander owns a rough 5.43 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 106 total innings this season and probably shouldn't be trusted as a fantasy streaming option on Wednesday, even against the lowly Atlanta offense.
Aug 1 - 10:56 AM

Jeff Locke surrendered five earned runs in three innings, allowing seven hits and five walks while fanning five in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

Both the walks and the strikeouts are out of character for Locke, who racked up 79 pitches in the brief outing. He now has a 5.54 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 37 walks in 104 innings. His next opportunity to ruin your team's ERA will come in an intra-league matchup against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Jul 21 - 12:08 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports the Pirates are looking to trade either Jeff Locke or Jon Niese.

The Pirates are hoping to get a deal done quickly with Gerrit Cole (triceps) returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The Bucs are also looking to create a spot for Tyler Glasnow in the starting rotation. Locke probably won't attract much trade interest. The 28-year-old owns an underwhelming 5.28 ERA over 18 appearances this year with a frighteningly low 4.72 K/9. Niese hasn't been much better. He's just 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA and a 6.29 K/9.
Jul 14 - 9:48 PM

Jeff Locke yielded five runs in four innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.

With his ERA back up to 5.38, Locke is fortunate he still has a rotation spot. He's pitched worse than the demoted Juan Nicasio did. Still, he's probably safe for a bit, since Jameson Taillon has joined Gerrit Cole on the DL and Nicasio doesn't seem at all likely to return to starting.
Jul 7 - 12:42 AM

Jeff Locke pitched seven strong innings to beat the Dodgers on Saturday, giving up only one run on five hits.

He recorded three strikeouts and did not walk a batter. That makes two excellent starts in a row for Locke. He has allowed only one run in his last 13 2/3 innings after allowing 18 runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings. He will take a 5.12 ERA into his next start in Oakland on Friday.
Jun 25 - 10:30 PM

Jeff Locke shut out the Giants over 6 2/3 innings and the Pirates held on for a 1-0 victory Monday.

Locke confounded the Giants through 84 pitches, and it was actually the opposing pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, whose at-bat with two outs and a runner on second base in the seventh inning spelled Locke's exit. The southpaw struck out three without walking a batter in the outing. Locke now owns a 5.44 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 14 starts, and he'll try to keep the good times rolling Saturday against the Dodgers.
Jun 20 - 10:06 PM

Jeff Locke was pounded for seven earned runs on nine hits and a walk over four innings in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday.

He fanned three and gave up a home run to Kelly Johnson. Locke's record falls to 5-5 with a woeful 5.92 ERA on the season. He is in imminent danger of losing his slot in the Pirates' starting rotation. Elite prospects Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow are waiting in the wings. Gerrit Cole's injury status may keep Locke in the rotation a little bit longer.
Jun 16 - 12:16 AM

Jeff Locke was demolished in Thursday's loss to the Rockies, giving up a jaw-dropping 11 runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Locke also issued three free passes while striking out two on the afternoon. Coors Field can be a very difficult environment to pitch in, and the Rockies jumped on him early and often in this one, scoring four times in the opening frame, then added on a pair in the second, two more in the fourth, and another three before Locke was mercifully lifted in the fifth. What's impressive, is that all of that damage was done with just one home run (D.J. LeMahieu's two-run shot). Locke will try to put this disaster behind him when he takes on the Mets in New York on Wednesday.
Jun 9 - 9:02 PM

Jeff Locke allowed three earned runs over seven innings Saturday in a win over the Angels.

Locke gave up a solo homer to Kole Calhoun in the top of the first inning and another solo shot to Shane Robinson in the top of the sixth. He was otherwise pretty good, striking out two and walking none. This after he recorded his first career complete game in a three-hitter Monday versus the Marlins. Locke will carry a 4.28 ERA into his next start on the road against the Rockies.
Jun 4 - 7:19 PM