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Pirates designated UTIL Jake Elmore for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jung-ho Kang. Elmore was claimed off waivers from the Reds back in November and now he could potentially be on the move again. Of course, the 27-year-old owns a .221/.288/.291 batting line over 221 career plate appearances in the majors, so there's a chance he could pass through waivers unclaimed.
Jan 20 - 11:47 AM

Neil Walker requested $9 million and was offered $8 million from the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Walker to earn $8.6 million, which is near the midpoint between the two sides. The 29-year-old is coming off a breakout offensive season where he slashed .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers and 76 RBI.
Jan 17 - 1:02 AM

Vance Worley requested $2.45 million and was offered $2 million from the Pirate when arbitration figures were exchanged.

Worley was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.9 million from the arbitration process, so it seems like a win for the Pirates wherever he ends up. The 27-year-old had a terrific bounce-back effort in 2014, compiling a 2.85 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 79/22 K/BB ratio over 110 2/3 innings.
Jan 16 - 10:04 PM

Pedro Alvarez requested $5.75 million and was offered $5.25 million from the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

With the two sides being so close, it's very likely the strike a deal around $5.5 million rather than head to a hearing in February.
Jan 16 - 7:18 PM

Pirates and OF Travis Snider avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

Snider was eligible for arbitration for a second time this winter. The outfielder closed strong last year with a .288/.356/.524 batting line and nine homers in the second half, but he's behind Gregory Polanco on the right field depth chart.
Jan 16 - 4:15 PM

Pirates and LHP Tony Watson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The left-hander was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Watson was an All-Star in 2014, when he held a 1.63 ERA and 81/15 K/BB ratio across 77 1/3 innings. He'll help set up again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 3:30 PM

Pirates and INF/OF Sean Rodriguez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.9 million contract.

Rodriguez was arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. He'll serve in a utility role for the Pirates after arriving in Pittsburgh via trade from the Rays last month.
Jan 16 - 3:28 PM

Pirates and RHP Mark Melancon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.4 million contract.

It's a large raise for Melancon, who held a 1.90 ERA while recording 33 saves for the Pirates last season. He's been one of the best relievers in the National League the last two years and will serve as Pittsburgh's closer again in 2015.
Jan 16 - 2:53 PM

Pirates and RHP Jared Hughes avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.

Hughes was eligible for arbitration for the first time. Hughes posted a nice 1.96 ERA in 2014 and will again serve in a middle relief role for the Pirates in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:33 PM

Pirates and INF/OF Josh Harrison avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

It's a big raise for Harrison in what was his first year of arbitration eligibility. The pay increase was well-earned, of course, with Harrison coming off an All-Star season that saw him bat .315/.347/.490 with 13 homers and 18 steals. He'll be the Pirates' third baseman in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:26 PM

Pirates and C Francisco Cervelli avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract.

It's a modest raise for Cervelli, who was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The former Yankee will get a chance to play regularly in Pittsburgh after coming over in a trade back in November.
Jan 16 - 12:55 PM

Pirates and LHP Antonio Bastardo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

It's a nice raise for Bastardo, who was in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The left-handed reliever will be a key piece in the Pirates' bullpen in 2015 after coming over from the Phillies in a trade.
Jan 16 - 12:47 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday that Jung-ho Kang will enter spring training as a "complementary player."

It's not a surprise that he said that, as Jordy Mercer had a decent first season as a full-time starter. Still, Kang would appear to have a lot more upside offensively, so don't be shocked if he eventually challenges Mercer for the shortstop job if shows he can handle the position defensively. Kang batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games last season in Korea.
Jan 16 - 11:55 AM

Pirates signed INF Jung-ho Kang to a four-year contract with a club option for 2019.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the deal will be worth $11 million, so previous reports about it being $16 million appear to have included the Pirates' posting fee. The option is for $5.5 million with a $1 million buyout. Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said Friday that Kang will enter camp as a "complimentary player," but he could eventually have a chance to beat out Jordy Mercer for the starting job at shortstop. Kang batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games last season for the Nexen Heroes in Korea, but it remains to be seen how his offense will translate to the majors.
Jan 16 - 10:56 AM

Pirates and C Chris Stewart avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million contract.

It's right in line with the $1.3 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected him to earn in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Stewart will serve as Francisco Cervelli's backup in 2015.
Jan 16 - 10:51 AM


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