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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.

Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate.
Dec 17 - 5:40 PM

The Pirates plan to play Pedro Alvarez every day at first base next season rather than pair him with a right-handed hitting platoon partner.

"We're going to find out," manager Clint Hurdle said when asked if Alvarez will be able to hit left-handed pitching. "It's going to be Pedro's job to keep. Pedro knows what challenges he's got to meet. He loves his teammates, he wants to do well and perform well. He's taken on some necessary opportunities this winter to prepare and get ready." Alvarez has batted just .196/.267/.321 versus southpaws during his career, which includes a .175/.241/.263 line last season. It remains to be seen whether the Pirates will stick to their plan to play Alvarez every day if he continues to struggle against lefties.
Dec 14 - 10:09 AM

Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency hears Josh Lindblom is close to a deal with Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Lindblom was designated for assignment by the Pirates Friday after being claimed off waivers from the Athletics a few days earlier. The right-hander threw 4 2/3 innings with the A's this past season, and he's appeared in major league games each of the past four years. Going overseas so quickly would be a bit of a surprise for the 27-year-old.
Dec 13 - 11:48 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tony Sanchez will get some work at first base and could serve as a right-handed bat off the bench next season.

When Russell Martin signed with the Blue Jays it seemed to open the door for the former top prospect, but the team doesn't appear to be confident he can handle the role of everyday catcher. He hasn't given them much reason for optimism, as Sanchez has hit just .252/.295/.378 in 135 at-bats over two major league seasons. The club will likely go with newly acquired Francisco Cervelli behind the plate instead.
Dec 13 - 4:23 PM

Pirates designated RHP Josh Lindblom for assignment.

Lindblom had just been claimed off waivers earlier this week. The 27-year-old made one appearance in the majors this past season and posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 60/26 K/BB ratio over 84 innings in Triple-A.
Dec 12 - 5:54 PM

Pirates signed RHP Radhames Liz to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Word leaked last month that he had a two-year, $3 million deal in place, but questions raised during his physical exam led to a revised contract. Liz pitched in the KBO from 2011-13 before posting a 2.95 ERA over 12 starts in the minors with the Blue Jays this past season. Now 31, the former Orioles prospect hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009. The Pirates will give Liz a chance to compete for a rotation spot, but more than likely he'll wind up in the bullpen.
Dec 12 - 5:52 PM

Charlie Morton said Friday that his rehab from hip surgery is going well and he expects to be ready by April.

It's not clear whether that means he'll be ready for Opening Day, but it sounds like there's at least a shot. Morton had surgery in September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and was given a 6-8 month timetable to return, so it would be a pleasant surprise if he's indeed ready to go for the opener.
Dec 12 - 3:38 PM

Pirates re-signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a three-year, $39 million contract.

The deal was reported on Tuesday and is now official after Liriano passed a physical. It's a deal that should work out well for the Pirates as long as Liriano stays health, as the left-hander has posted a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts across 323 1/3 innings over the last two seasons in Pittsburgh.
Dec 12 - 2:45 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Marlins have expressed "some level of interest" in Pirates corner infielder Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez had a miserable 2014, batting just .231/.312/.405 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 122 games. He had 36 home runs and 100 RBI in 2013. The 27-year-old is also a very poor defender at third base.
Dec 11 - 3:46 PM

The Pirates have engaged Neil Walker in contract extension talks, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.

"We would like nothing more than to have Neil Walker end his career as a Pirate, there's no question about that," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We understand that he's a really good player, and we understand the local implications and the local ties he has." It's the second time the club has approached Walker about an extension since 2011. They'll have to pay a steep price after Walker hit .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers this past season. Walker will be a free agent after the 2016 season.
Dec 10 - 11:09 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies for LHP Joely Rodriguez.

The Bucs were on the hunt for left-handed relief this winter and decided to go the trade route to find some (it's a weak free agent market for such needs). Bastardo has held left-handed batters to a .185/.284/.337 slash line in his career and he's also been pretty effective against righties. The 29-year-old can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Dec 10 - 6:31 PM

Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors reports that the Pirates have acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is confirming the news and Joel Sherman of the New York Post says pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez is headed to Philly in return. Bastardo had been connected recently to the Red Sox, but the Bucs apparently jumped in with the better offer. The southpaw struck out 81 batters in 64 innings this past season for Philadelphia and owns a cool 3.29 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
Dec 10 - 5:44 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Pirates are pursuing a trade for Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo.

The Phillies have also discussed a deal with the Red Sox, who are reportedly offering infield prospect Sean Coyle in return. Salisbury writes that the market for Bastardo is "heating up," so the Phillies should be able to get an interesting piece in a trade.
Dec 10 - 1:56 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles had preliminary discussions with the Pirates about a Brian Matusz-for-Travis Snider swap.

However, there hasn't been much progress in talks. Now that Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz have signed elsewhere, the Orioles are monitoring the free agent and trade market for outfielders. Michael Morse, Delmon Young, and the Phillies' Marlon Byrd have been mentioned as possibilities.
Dec 10 - 1:35 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Edinson Volquez is seeking a two-year, $20 million contract.

It's a reasonable asking price after Volquez put up a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings in a big bounce-back season with the Pirates. The market has been relatively quiet on the right-hander to this point, but the Twins are one team known to have interest.
Dec 9 - 10:17 PM

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