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Pirates sent RHP Dario Agrazal outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Agrazal had been designated for assignment, but he cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He posted a 3.65 ERA across three levels in the minors last season and will probably clear waivers.
Jan 18 - 5:40 PM

Pirates and OF Corey Dickerson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

Dickerson earned a raise after batting .300/.330/.474 with 13 home runs and winning a Gold Glove. He was arbitration-eligible for the final time.
Jan 11 - 3:29 PM

Pirates and RHP Keone Kela avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million contract.

The reliever was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Kela will help set up for Felipe Vazquez again in 2019.
Jan 11 - 3:26 PM

Pirates designated RHP Dario Agrazal for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Aaron Slegers. Agrazal held a 3.65 ERA across three levels in the minors last season and will probably clear waivers.
Jan 11 - 3:23 PM

Pirates claimed RHP Aaron Slegers off waivers from the Twins.

Slegers, 26, has posted a 5.90 ERA in 29 career innings (five starts, three relief appearances) at the major league level. He'll give the Pirates rotation depth.
Jan 11 - 3:21 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi says the Rangers are continuing to show interest in free agent Josh Harrison.

The Angels and Nationals are also thought to be in on Harrison. The Rangers could use an upgrade at third base, but someone with more upside would be nice. Harrison is 31 years old and has been a significantly below average hitter two of the last three seasons.
Jan 9 - 3:51 PM

Gregory Polanco, who resumed swinging off a tee today, thinks he'll return from labrum surgery prior to June.

Polanco has yet to be cleared to throw. The Pirates added Lonnie Chisenhall to help cover an early season absence from Polanco, but once Polanco is ready, he should serve as the regular right fielder.
Jan 7 - 12:41 PM

While he's not yet completely recovered, Joe Musgrove expects to be ready for spring training after surgery in October to repair his abdominal wall.

Musgrove has resumed throwing, according to The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel. Assuming he's healthy, he should be pretty much guaranteed of a spot in Pittsburgh's rotation, and he could have some mixed-league value this year.
Jan 7 - 12:14 PM

The Pirates announced Sunday that they have hired former Rangers' manager Jeff Banister as a special assistant in baseball operations.

Having another bright mind with managerial experience in the organization never hurts. Banister was AL Manager of the Year in his first season in Texas in 2015 and made the playoffs again in 2016. However, they didn't win any postseason series with him at the helm and fell off drastically before he was fired near the end of the 2018 season.
Jan 6 - 5:18 PM

Pirates signed RHP Roberto Gomez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gomez holds a 7.98 ERA over nine relief appearances in the majors over the last two seasons. He'll compete for a bullpen job in spring training.
Jan 4 - 3:10 PM

Twins designated RHP Austin Slegers for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for veteran slugger Nelson Cruz, who was officially signed to a one-year, $14.3 million deal on Wednesday. Slegers, 26, owns a 5.90 ERA in 29 career innings (five starts, three relief appearances) at the major league level.
Jan 3 - 2:14 PM

Pirates signed LHP Tyler Lyons to a minor league contract.

Lyons struggled through back and elbow injuries in 2018 and posted a brutal 8.64 ERA over 27 relief appearances with the Cardinals, but he was excellent in 2017 and could be a bounceback candidate in Pittsburgh, assuming better health. His minor league deal with the Pirates presumably includes an invitation to major league camp, where the 30-year-old left-hander should have the opportunity to compete for an Opening Day bullpen spot.
Jan 1 - 7:18 PM

Michael J. Duarte of NBCLA reports that the Dodgers "have checked back in" with the Pirates regarding Francisco Cervelli.

The two teams discussed a potential Cervelli trade at the Winter Meetings earlier this month. Duarte notes that nothing is imminent, as the Dodgers remain in the thick of things with J.T. Realmuto and want to see what happens on that front first. Cervelli would be a fine backup plan and obviously a much cheaper one to acquire, especially considering he's owed $11.5 million in 2019 in the final year of his contract.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 09:51:00 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Rangers, Angels and Nationals are among the clubs in on Josh Harrison.

We've heard the Nats mentioned as a possible landing spot for Harrison, but this is the first we've seen of the Rangers' and Angels' interest. The veteran infielder would be in line to play second base in Washington and Anaheim and third base in Texas.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:53:00 AM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Nationals, Reds, Rangers, Giants, and Brewers are among the teams showing interest in free agent Josh Harrison.

Heyman adds that the Yankees, Phillies, and Dodgers could also be "in play" for the 31-year-old super utilityman, depending on how the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado markets shake out. Harrison makes sense on paper for a range of clubs given his ability to play sound defense all over the diamond. He had a down year at the plate in 2018, but the two-time All-Star has posted strong offensive numbers in years prior.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 01:01:00 PM


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