Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.
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.
Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency hears Josh Lindblom is close to a deal with Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.
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.
Pirates designated RHP Josh Lindblom for assignment.
Pirates signed RHP Radhames Liz to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Charlie Morton said Friday that his rehab from hip surgery is going well and he expects to be ready by April.
Pirates re-signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a three-year, $39 million contract.
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Marlins have expressed "some level of interest" in Pirates corner infielder Pedro Alvarez.
The Pirates have engaged Neil Walker in contract extension talks, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
Pirates acquired LHP Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies for LHP Joely Rodriguez.
Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors reports that the Pirates have acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Pirates are pursuing a trade for Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo.
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.
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Edinson Volquez is seeking a two-year, $20 million contract.