Player News - Pirates

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In a statement released to The Athletic on Tuesday, Pirates infielder Josh Harrison said that he'd prefer to be traded if the Pirates don't expect to contend in 2018 or 2019.

Harrison sees which way the wind is blowing after the recent trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen. "If indeed the team does not expect to contend this year or next, perhaps it would be better for all involved, that I also am traded," Harrison said in part of the statement. "I want what is best for the organization that gave me a chance to be a Big Leaguer." The versatile 30-year-old is owed $10 million in 2018, with a $10.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2019 and an $11.5 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2020. Rosenthal writes that the Mets, Yankees, and Brewers are among the teams with reported interest in Harrison. If the Pirates don't feel they are getting fair value, they could easily hold and wait until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 16 - 2:09 PM

Pirates acquired OF Bryan Reynolds, RHP Kyle Crick and $500,000 in international bonus pool space from the Giants for OF Andrew McCutchen and cash.

A second-round pick in the 2016 Draft, Reynolds hit .312/.364/.462 with 10 homers in High-A last season and was a top-five prospect for the Giants. He'll turn 23 later this month, so the Pirates could push him pretty quickly.
Jan 15 - 6:40 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Kyle Crick, OF Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus pool space from the Giants for OF Andrew McCutchen and cash.

Crick made a full-time move to relief in 2017 and held a 3.06 ERA and 28/17 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings for the Giants last season. He's always had major control issues but is just 25 and throws very hard. Crick should make the Pirates' roster as a middle reliever.
Jan 15 - 6:37 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates are signing Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2022 and 2023.

The new contract buys out all of the closer's arbitration years and potentially two free agent years. Rosenthal says Rivero will be guaranteed at least $22 million in the deal and that the options are each worth $10 million. It's a bit of good news for Pirates fans on a day when they traded franchise icon Andrew McCutchen to the Giants. Rivero has emerged as one of the elite relievers in the game, having put up a 1.67 ERA and 88/20 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in 2017.
Jan 15 - 5:38 PM

Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports that Giants outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds is headed to the Pirates in the Andrew McCutchen trade.

It will be Reynolds and Kyle Crick going to Pittsburgh for the former MVP. Reynolds is a former second-round pick who batted .312/.364/.462 with 10 homers in High-A last season. He was ranked by MLB.com as the Giants' No. 4 prospect.
Jan 15 - 5:22 PM

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Kyle Crick is part of the package the Giants are sending to the Pirates in the Andrew McCutchen trade.

Crick is a former compensation round pick who has major command issues and made a move to the bullpen full-time last season, but he's just 25 and can reach the upper-90s with his fastball. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan is hearing that outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds could be the other piece the Pirates receive.
Jan 15 - 4:34 PM

Pirates designated INF Engelb Vielma for assignment.

Some 40-man roster space was needed after Saturday's trade with the Astros. Vielma has been in four different organizations since September and could draw some interest on waivers again.
Jan 14 - 1:14 PM

Pirates designated RHP Shane Carle for assignment.

The Pirates needed to clear some space on the 40-man roster following Saturday's trade with the Astros. Carle was just claimed off waivers from the Rockies earlier this month.
Jan 14 - 1:12 PM

Pirates acquired OF Jason Martin, RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran and RHP Michael Feliz from the Astros for RHP Gerrit Cole.

Martin isn't well-known, but he hit .278/.332/.487 with 18 homers and 16 steals between High-A and Double-A last season. The 22-year-old was an eighth-round pick of the Astros in 2013. With Andrew McCutchen expected to follow Cole out the door, an opportunity exists for Martin or someone to claim an outfield spot in the near future.
Jan 13 - 7:36 PM

Pirates acquired 3B Colin Moran, RHPs Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz and OF Jason Martin from the Astros for RHP Gerrit Cole.

Moran is on his third organization despite good numbers in the minors and being the No. 6 overall pick in 2013. In Houston, he was blocked by a terrific left side of the infield; in Pittsburgh, David Freese won't put up much of a fight for the starting job. If he finds regular at-bats, Moran should find single league value and could surprise some in 2018.
Jan 13 - 7:29 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Michael Feliz, RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran and OF Jason Martin from the Astros for RHP Gerrit Cole.

Feliz has upside as a hard-throwing strikeout machine as a reliever. That ability has come with some struggles in his first few years in the majors, but Feliz is still just 24 years old. He also started in the minors, and it will be interesting to see how he's viewed by his new organization.
Jan 13 - 7:22 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Joe Musgrove, 3B Colin Moran, RHP Michael Feliz and OF Jason Martin from the Astros for RHP Gerrit Cole.

Musgrove was Jekyll and Hyde in 2017, dominating as a reliever while getting lit up as a starter. Despite his struggles, the Pirates have incentive to let Musgrove start for as long as is tolerable, especially knowing he can pitch in relief if worse comes to worse. The 25-year-old isn't even eligible for arbitration until 2019.
Jan 13 - 7:17 PM

Third baseman Colin Moran is among the players traded to the Pirates in exchange for Gerrit Cole, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

Moran is one of four headed to Pittsburgh, per reports. A high first-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Moran is still just 25 years old and hit .308/.373/.534 with 18 homers in 79 games at Triple-A last season. David Freese isn't the long-term answer at the hot corner for the Pirates, so Moran could take over as soon as 2018.
Jan 13 - 6:52 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears right-hander Michael Feliz is part of the Pirates' return for Gerrit Cole.

Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran were the first two names linked to the Pirates, but Feliz is arguably the most interesting. The 24-year-old throws very hard and struck out 32 percent of the batters he faced in 2017, despite an unsightly 5.63 ERA. The stuff to be a high-leverage reliever, Feliz could be a nice complement to Bucs closer Felipe Rivero for years to come.
Jan 13 - 6:45 PM

According to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, Astros starter Joe Musgrove is among the players heading to the Pirates in the Gerrit Cole trade.

FanRag Sports Jon Heyman hears four players will eventually become Pirates, although he says Musgrove and third baseman Colin Moran are expected to be the headliners. Musgrove is a 25-year-old right-hander who posted a 4.77 ERA in 38 games in 2017, although he was demonstrably better as a reliever than a starter. The Bucs will likely give Musgrove every chance to start in 2018, as they appear to be planning for the future with this move. Musgrove is under team control through 2021.
Jan 13 - 6:40 PM


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