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Gorkys Hernandez is expected to arrive to Pirates' camp on Saturday.

The non-roster invitee has been delayed a couple of days by visa issues. The 27-year-old will be competing for a reserve outfielder role with the Pirates this spring but offers little in the way of fantasy relevance.
Feb 28 - 9:07 AM

Charlie Morton (hip) continued to express optimism Friday on his ability to be ready for the start of the regular season.

The veteran right-hander is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. While the Pirates are playing things cautiously, he's on track and should be ready to take his first turn through the Pirates rotation once the season begins. He posted a 3.72 ERA and 126/57 K/BB ratio over 157 1/3 innings for the Buccos in 2014.
Feb 27 - 10:39 PM

An industry source tells Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel that the Pirates could be willing to pay Andrew McCutchen $25 million per year on a long-term extension.

It's newsworthy for the fact that the Bucs are notoriously conservative with their spending. Still, that's the sort of money McCutchen, 28, would currently command on the open market. For now there are no talks, as the outfielder is signed to a team-friendly deal through 2017 with a club option for 2018. The longer they put off an extension, the more he might command when his contract comes due, though.
Feb 25 - 6:18 PM

Gorkys Hernandez is absent from Pirates' camp due to a visa issue.

Hernandez reunited with the Pirates over the winter on a minor league deal and is a non-roster invitee this spring. Assuming he gets his visa situation cleared up soon, he'll try to make his case for a reserve outfielder job.
Feb 24 - 9:15 AM

The Pirates will use Radhames Liz as a reliever this season.

It was reported previously that they would give him a shot to start, but while Liz will be stretched out to three innings and/or 50 pitches during spring training, his future is in the bullpen. Liz held a 2.95 ERA over 12 starts in the minors with the Blue Jays last season after spending the previous three years in Korea.
Feb 23 - 6:43 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Steven Brault from the Orioles to complete the Travis Snider trade.

An 11th-round pick in 2013, Brault boasts a 2.61 ERA and 162/42 K/BB ratio across his first 189 1/3 innings in the lower minors. The 22-year-old southpaw was not ranked by Baseball America among the Orioles' top 10 prospects.
Feb 20 - 5:16 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Vance Worley "would seem to have the edge" over Jeff Locke for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation.

It's not a surprise after Worley easily out-pitched Locke last season with a 2.85 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts. Worley really struggled in his year in Minnesota, but he's had success in the National League and should be a solid back-end starter for the Pirates, albeit one with limited upside.
Feb 20 - 9:14 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters Thursday that Jung-ho Kang will play primarily at shortstop and third base in Grapefruit League games this spring.

If that all goes well, Kang could also see some action at second base. Pittsburgh seems to be viewing the Korean import as a potential utility infielder, though he could begin to steal starts from starting shortstop Jordy Mercer if his transition from the KBO to MLB is a smooth one. Kang batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games last season in Korea.
Feb 19 - 3:27 PM

Pedro Alvarez won his arbitration hearing against the Pirates and will make $5.75 million in 2015.

Pittsburgh's front office countered at $5.25 million but didn't win the argument in Wednesday's arbitration hearing. Alvarez is poised to open the 2015 season as the Pirates' primary first baseman. He batted just .231/.312/.405 in 122 games last year while earning a salary of $4.25 million.
Feb 19 - 2:11 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) is up to 30-40 pitches in his bullpen sessions.

Morton had surgery last September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and was given a 6-8 month timetable to return. It's no sure thing yet, but he expects to be in the rotation for the start of the season. The 31-year-old had a 3.72 ERA and 126/57 K/BB ratio across 157 1/3 innings last season.
Feb 18 - 9:12 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez were unable to reach an agreement and will go to an arbitration hearing Wednesday.

It's a surprise given that there wasn't much of a gap between what Alvarez requested ($5.75 million) and what the Pirates offered ($5.25 million). Alvarez is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Feb 17 - 7:56 PM

Jameson Taillon (elbow) is scheduled to begin facing live hitters next month.

The 23-year-old right-hander has already been throwing on a mound in bullpen sessions as he recovers from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last April. As long as he avoids any setbacks, he could be ready for minor league game action in May. Fantasy owners in re-draft leagues shouldn't expect much out of him this season.
Source: MILB.com
Feb 15 - 5:31 PM

Vance Worley won his arbitration case against the Pirates and will make a $2.45 million salary in 2015.

The Pirates offered $2 million when figures were exchanged last month, but the three-person panel of arbitrators ultimately ruled in Worley's favor after he bounced back with a 2.85 ERA across 110 2/3 innings last season. The 27-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, so he remains under team control through 2018.
Feb 10 - 3:46 PM

Pirates INF Neil Walker has been awarded $8 million through arbitration.

The arbitrator awarded on the side of the Pirates as opposed to Walker, who had requested $9 million. The 29-year-old second baseman is fresh off a breakout season offensively where he slashed .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers and 76 RBI in just 137 games.
Feb 7 - 2:47 PM

Pirates acquired INF/OF Edward Salcedo from the Braves in exchange for RHP Bryton Trepagnier.

Salcedo was a big signing out of the Dominican Republic a few years ago but has yet to develop much, producing just a .230/.297/.375 batting line in the minors. He's still just 23, though, so the Pirates figure he's worth a shot. Trepagnier is a reliever with control issues, but he's also just 23 and can throw hard.
Feb 5 - 9:37 PM


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