Player News - Pirates

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Gerrit Cole (elbow) announced at Pirates' Fan Fest on Saturday that he's fully healthy and will begin his throwing program on Monday.

Cole took a few months to rest after the season to allow the swelling and inflammation in his pitching elbow to subside. Provided there are no setbacks along the way in his throwing program, he should enter spring training without any restrictions.
Dec 10 - 12:16 PM

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, free agent Neftali Feliz is a "candidate" for the Marlins.

That might be the fallback plan if the Marlins aren't able to wrangle in Kenley Jansen. Feliz posted a nice 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He's also said to be drawing open-market interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Padres.
Dec 8 - 1:36 PM

Pirates selected LHP Tyler Webb from the Yankees with the No. 10 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Webb, 26, put up a 3.59 ERA, 1.239 WHIP, and 82/23 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings this summer with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has experience as a starter, but the Pirates figure to look at him as a lefty relief option heading into camp next spring.
Dec 8 - 10:25 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the "expectation" is the Pirates will keep Andrew McCutchen.

The Pirates were unable to work out a trade of McCutchen to the Nationals, and the Nats have their center fielder now after dealing for Adam Eaton. There doesn't appear to be a ton of interest in him from other teams at this point, although that certainly could change. For now, it sounds like the Pirates will hang on to Cutch and consider moving him to a corner outfield spot.
Dec 7 - 11:29 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi hears that the Giants are "not in heavy trade talks" for Andrew McCutchen.

Just where McCutchen's market lies at this point is decidedly uncertain. Both the Nationals and Rangers are out of the running following Washington's trade for Adam Eaton and Texas' re-signing of Carlos Gomez. The Dodgers may still be in play for the veteran outfielder, but after several months of trade speculation potential avenues for actually moving McCutchen are beginning to disappear.
Dec 7 - 8:40 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the team will continue to consider the possibility of playing Andrew McCutchen in a corner outfield spot.

Hurdle and McCutchen spoke about this possibility during exit interviews at the close of the season. While the veteran outfielder has balked at the possibility, Hurdle said that the team is "going to think about it" and wants McCutchen to seriously consider the possibility of a shift come the spring (assuming he is not traded). If a move in the outfield does come to pass, Starling Marte would likely be utilized in center and Gregory Polanco in left, with McCutchen taking over right field.
Dec 7 - 5:31 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Chad Kuhl is currently in a position to earn a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training.

Garrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are locks to start next season. Beyond that pair, the Pirates are still weighing their options. In 14 starts last season, Kuhl pitched to a 4.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio.
Dec 7 - 4:53 PM

Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio hears that the Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova.

Nova came over to the Pirates in a trade with the Yankees over the summer. In 11 starts with his new club, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a sharp 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 52/3 K/BB ratio. It is not yet known what other clubs might be sniffing around on the veteran hurler.
Dec 7 - 4:08 PM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's focused on using Josh Bell at first base.

Bell played both first base and right field in the minors. The 24-year-old top prospect performed well in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to be a big part of the Pirates' offensive attack in 2017, wherever he's positioned defensively. A trade of Andrew McCutchen could obviously change the Buccos' plans entirely.
Dec 6 - 5:21 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are now going for Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen after missing out on Chris Sale.

The Nationals tried hard for Sale and were even willing to include Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito in a return package, but they drew the line on Trea Turner and the Red Sox ultimately topped them. McCutchen remains a strong fit for the Nationals, but it will be interesting to see if the club also considers alternative trade possibilities like Lorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton. It's worth noting that Robles was included in previous discussions related to McCutchen.
Dec 6 - 3:23 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Padres are among the teams that have checked in on Neftali Feliz.

He's also drawn interest from the Nationals. Feliz had a nice bounce-back season for the Pirates in 2016, putting up a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. He could potentially be in the mix to close in San Diego.
Dec 5 - 6:20 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals have found the Pirates' asking price for Andrew McCutchen to be "too high."

Sherman adds that the Nats are currently more focused on the Chris Sale trade talks than those for McCutchen at this point. Of course, it could all be posturing at this point to see if they can get the Pirates to drop their asking price a bit. The Rangers and Dodgers are also reportedly talking to Pittsburgh about Cutch.
Dec 5 - 6:18 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Nationals are pursuing free agent Neftali Feliz.

Washington is also believed to be in the mix for veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, along with several other contending teams. Feliz, 28, registered a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He may be able to command a multi-year deal in this market.
Dec 5 - 2:10 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "in frequent contact" with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen.

Rosenthal says a deal is "possible, but not close" between the two clubs. McCutchen is drawing interest from a number of other contending teams, including the Dodgers and Nationals. He had a weak .256/.336/.430 batting line with Pittsburgh in 2016, but the 30-year-old outfielder earned top-five MVP votes every year between 2012-2015. He won the award in 2013.
Dec 5 - 1:50 PM

Andrew McCutchen is drawing trade interest from the Dodgers, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

A number of other MLB teams are checking in, namely the Nationals. McCutchen was a disappointment for the Pirates in 2016, slashing .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and six stolen bases, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017. At least from an offensive standpoint. The 30-year-old center fielder has always been overrated as a defender.
Dec 5 - 11:13 AM


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