Player News - Pirates

Date: Team: Pos:

Pirates signed 1B/OF Joey Terdoslavich to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Terdoslavich, 28, spent most of 2016 with the Orioles' Double-A affiliate while batting .246/.349/.419 with 14 homers and 61 RBI over 109 games. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015 with the Braves and will likely function as organizational depth for Pittsburgh.
Jan 18 - 11:54 AM

Josh Bell reported to the Pirates' minicamp earlier this month at 225 pounds.

Bell reported to spring training last year at 248 pounds, but with the help of yoga has become more lean and flexible. "I feel like the best version of myself because of yoga, so I'm going to continue. I'm all in," Bell said. "I have the body control (that), in the past, I was trying to find in the weight room. I have more coordination. It shows when I'm hitting, when I'm throwing and when I'm taking ground balls." Bell, who hit an impressive .273/.368/.406 with a 19/21 K/BB ratio in 152 plate appearances in 2016, is slated to be the Pirates' everyday first baseman in 2017. He could see time in the outfield if the club winds up trading Andrew McCutchen.
Jan 15 - 9:47 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers are nearing a deal with Neftali Feliz.

Feliz rebuilt his value by having a nice season with the Pirates in 2016 in which he posted a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. Given the current state of the Brewers' bullpen, it wouldn't be surprising to see Feliz get a real shot at the closer's role. The 28-year-old owns 99 career saves, including seasons of 40 and 32 saves with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011.
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM

Tony Watson requested $6 million and was offered $5.6 million by the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Watson ascended to the closer's role in the Pirates' bullpen in 2016 after Mark Melancon was dealt to the Nationals, and he stumbled a bit with three blown saves in 18 chances. He's projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5.9 million in arbitration, which is a bit closer to Watson's figure than the team's.
Jan 13 - 9:47 PM

Pirates and RHP Juan Nicasio avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.65 million contract.

It was the right-hander's final year of arbitration eligibility. Nicasio began last season in Pittsburgh's rotation but finished it in their bullpen, ultimately posting a 4.50 ERA and 138/45 K/BB ratio over 118 innings.
Jan 13 - 3:08 PM

Pirates and RHP Gerrit Cole avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

Cole made noise last spring by complaining about his salary, but he gets a nice little bump here in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The righty will look to stay healthy in 2017 after missing significant time two out of the last three years because of injury.
Jan 13 - 1:44 PM

Pirates and SS Jordy Mercer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.325 million contract.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported last week that the Pirates and Mercer were discussing a multi-year extension, but it appears they'll settle for the one year for now. He's not eligible for free agency until after 2018, so there's still plenty of time to hammer out a long-term deal.
Jan 13 - 11:48 AM

Pirates and RHP Jared Hughes avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $2.825 million contract.

He made $2.175 million in 2016. Hughes has been one of the best middle relievers in baseball the last few years. He posted a 3.03 ERA in 59 1/3 innings last year and has a nifty 2.82 career ERA in 313 games. Despite his run-prevention skills the ground-ball specialist is not the sort of high-strikeout relief ace that generates a lot of holds or saves. He will continue to be a key part of the Pirates' bullpen nonetheless.
Jan 12 - 10:19 PM

Pirates and RHP Drew Hutchison avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

It's just a tick higher than the $2.2 million he received last year. Hutchison was traded to the Pirates mid-season from Toronto in the Francisco Liriano deal. He spent most of the year in the minors, but saw action in nine major-league games, putting up a 5.25 ERA in 24 innings. The 26-year-old has yet to experience much success in the majors, but his minor league track record suggests some potential for a breakout. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has helped several less-talented pitchers revitalize their careers in recent seasons.
Jan 12 - 8:51 PM

Casey Sadler (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

He's slated to throw 15-20 fastballs. Sadler missed the entire 2016 season while in rehab mode from Tommy John surgery. The Pirates brought him back in October on a minor league contract in October and he'll likely function as organizational depth this year if he's back to full health. The 26-year-old has made seven appearances in the majors in his career and posted a 4.22 ERA over 13 starts at the Triple-A level in 2015.
Jan 10 - 9:59 AM

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have discussed a multi-year contract extension with shortstop Jordy Mercer.

No deal is imminent, as Biertempfel notes that the talks have only been preliminary. The 30-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason and is expected to earn a nice raise through arbitration over the $2.075 million that he earned in 2016. If a deal is done, it would likely buy out his final two years of arbitration and possibly more. Mercer slashed .256/.328/.374 with 11 homers and 59 RBI in 149 games for the Pirates in 2016.
Jan 8 - 9:06 PM

Pirates signed C Jackson Williams to a minor league contract.

Williams spent the 2016 season in the Giants' organization where he slashed an unimpressive .199/.265/.263 with one homer and 20 RBI in 262 plate appearances. He'll add catching depth at the minor league level for the Pirates.
Jan 8 - 10:53 AM

Pirates signed C Zane Chavez to a minor league contract.

The 30-year-old backstop has been toiling behind the plate in the Independent American Association for the past two seasons. He'll add organizational catching depth for the Pirates.
Jan 8 - 10:50 AM

Pirates signed C Jose Barraza to a minor league contract.

Barraza, a former seventh-round pick of the White Sox in 2012, has spent the past two seasons playing for Lake Erie in the Independent Frontier League. He'll at catching depth at the lower levels of the minor leagues for the Pirates.
Jan 8 - 10:18 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Neftali Feliz is among the relievers the Dodgers are considering.

Feliz had a nice bounce-back season in Pittsburgh last year, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 relief innings. He'll turn just 29 in May and might be able to land a multi-year contract this offseason. Feliz would help set up for Kenley Jansen in Los Angeles.
Jan 6 - 5:52 PM


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