Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates have mulled Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment by the Brewers Friday and the Pirates are looking for outfield help following Starling Marte's PED suspension. However, Biertempfel notes that while Nieuwenhuis offers nice defense, the Pirates seem unlikely to go after him because of his weak bat.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals "have quietly showed interest" in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Heyman notes that the Astros and Pirates have been the perceived frontrunners for Quintana, but he calls their pursuits of the left-handed ace "passive" up to this point. In his report Heyman then labels the Cardinals a "sleeper team," with the "combination of young players and prospects to make it work." The asking price is undoubtedly sky-high for Quintana, who boasts a 3.35 ERA over the last four seasons and a team-friendly contract that runs through 2020. He is currently projected to serve as the Opening Day starter for the rebuilding White Sox.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Braves are one multiple teams showing "continued interest" in Jose Quintana.
Passan adds that the Astros and Pirates have also touched base with the White Sox this spring regarding Quintana. The White Sox are willing to deal Quintana at any time, according to Passan, but they are content to wait for the right package given that the lefty is easily the best starter available for trade right now. Quintana is almost surely going to be dealt at some point between now and the trade deadline.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves and Pirates are among the teams that have made an offer to Angel Pagan.
The Nationals have been connected to Pagan, as well. However, obviously nothing has sufficiently appealed to the veteran outfielder to this point, which probably means no one has offered him a major league contract yet. Pagan is playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, so the team that does wind up signing him shouldn't be too worried about him being in game shape.
Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports that "several teams" have upped their trade offers for Jose Quintana in the last week.
This has the feel of a White Sox leak that they hope results in actual improved offers from clubs. Regardless, the situation with Quintana does figure to come to a head soon with spring training not too far away. The Astros, Yankees and Pirates have been the three teams most often connected to Quintana, but Levine notes that there are others interested. For what it's worth, Levine says the "smart money" is on the left-hander being traded prior to spring training.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Pirates and Astros remain in talks with the White Sox regarding a potential Jose Quintana trade.
The Yankees are also reportedly interested in Quintana, though Rosenthal relays that they appear to be a "longshot" at this point due to the White Sox asking price for the 27-year-old southpaw. Should nothing materialize to their liking in the near future, the Sox could hold off on moving Quintana until closer to the summer trade deadline.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates are still trying to acquire Jose Quintana from the White Sox.
Pittsburgh just re-upped with free agent starter Ivan Nova on a three-year, $26 million deal, but that does not mean the club's Opening Day rotation is set for 2017. In fact, that Nova deal could make it easier for the Bucs to part with one of their young starting pitching prospects -- like Tyler Glasnow -- in a blockbuster trade that would bring in Quintana. And who wouldn't want Quintana? The left-hander registered a 3.20 ERA in 206 innings last season for the White Sox and is under contractual control through 2020 at some very team-friendly rates. He has reached the 200-inning plateau four years in a row with Chicago.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates have "worked hard" to make a trade for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Nothing appears imminent, but Olney writes that Quintana is perfect for the club's budget. The southpaw is owed $14.35 million over the next two seasons, with a pair of $10.5 million club options for 2019 and 2020. While the contract is a bargain, it only enhances his trade value. The Pirates certainly have some interesting pieces, but it's unclear how far they'd be willing to go. Quintana, who turns 28 in January, posted a career-best 3.20 ERA over 32 starts this past season.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 08:38:00 AM
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports lists the Cubs, Rangers, Indians, Padres, and Pirates "among 20 or so teams" currently showing interest in free agent Tyson Ross.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reported earlier this month that the Cubs have had "continued dialogue" with Ross since the Winter Meetings and Heyman relays a report suggesting the right-hander recently paid a visit to the north side of Chicago. Ross, 29, was non-tendered by the Padres on December 2 after fighting shoulder troubles throughout the 2016 campaign. He made only one start (on Opening Day) and needed surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome. It will be a total gamble for the team that signs him, but Ross isn't all that far removed from being considered one of the top starting pitchers in baseball. He had a 3.07 ERA and 526 strikeouts in 516 2/3 innings with the Padres between 2013-2015.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 07:05:00 PM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports that the Pirates have been in contact with Tyson Ross.
Ross was non-tendered by the Padres on December 2. The 29-year-old right-hander is said to be seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million. He made only one start in 2016 before undergoing season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Per the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, the Rangers are also showing interest in Ross.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 11:48:00 PM
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hears that the Pirates are among the teams who have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Daniel Hudson.
They apparently have plenty of company, as Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Sunday that 16 teams have shown interest. Hudson posted an ugly 5.22 ERA over 70 appearances with the Diamondbacks this past season, but he still misses plenty of bats and throws hard. He's a logical buy-low in a talented field of free agent relievers.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 03:02:00 PM
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Derek Holland's current market appears to be the Pirates and White Sox.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Monday night that the Cubs and Dodgers were showing interest, so things could still evolve here. But the Pirates have looked like a logical fit all along as the southpaw tries to get his career back on track. The 30-year-old posted a 4.95 ERA and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this past season. He hasn't made 30 starts in a season since 2013.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 02:45:00 PM
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates have checked on free agents Jorge De La Rosa and Doug Fister.
Biertempfel writes that the Pirates were simply doing their due diligence and nothing appears to be imminent with either pitcher. De La Rosa posted a 5.51 ERA and 108/63 K/BB ratio over 134 innings with the Rockies in 2016 and has expressed a willingness to potentially work as a multi-inning reliever. Fister, who turns 33 in February, is coming off a 4.64 ERA over 32 starts with the Astros.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:29:00 AM
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pirates officials are planning to meet with the representatives for Derek Holland during the Winter Meetings.
Pittsburgh has been a reported suitor for Holland since mid-November, and it sounds like the two parties are ready to get serious about contract negotiations. There are few better places for a pitcher to try to revitalize his career, so the interest is likely mutual. Holland posted a rough 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 107 1/3 innings with the Rangers in 2016, prompting Texas to decline his $11 million option for 2017.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates are targeting Nationals outfield prospect Victor Robles in their trade talks involving Andrew McCutchen.
Pittsburgh "will want more as well" from Washington, adds Rosenthal. Robles, a 19-year-old center fielder out of the Dominican Republic, hit .280/.376/.423 with nine home runs and 37 stolen bases in 110 games this summer between three different levels of the Nationals' minor league system -- topping out at High-A Potomac. He was ranked the No. 33 prospect in the game by Baseball America leading into the 2016 season.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 11:01:00 AM
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are among several teams who have talked with free agent left-hander Derek Holland.
It's no surprise, as Derek Holland's agent recently said that the Pirates were on the short list of teams the southpaw is considering. We've seen a number of pitchers get their careers back on track in Pittsburgh, so it's an enticing scenario. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram hears that the Yankees and Padres have also reached out. Holland became a free agent after the Rangers declined his $11 million club option for 2017, but he should attract plenty of interest in a weak market for starting pitching. He could try for a one-year deal in hopes of reestablishing his value.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:17:00 PM
According to Derek Holland's agent, the Pirates are on the "short list" of teams he's considering.
Holland became a free agent last week when the Rangers bought out the final year of his contract. The Pirates haven't made a formal offer to Holland yet, but they've obviously piqued his interest. Coming off a tough year in Texas (7-9, 4.95 ERA in 22 appearances), Holland could look to sign a one-year deal and test the market again next winter. Holland would prefer a guaranteed rotation spot but it's not a deal-breaker, according to his agent.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 04:52:00 PM
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Pirates have acquired Ivan Nova.
The deal got done right before the 4:00 p.m. ET trade deadline. Nova has posted a rough 4.90 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 97 1/3 innings this season, but he's headed to the easier league and pitcher-friendly PNC Park. He might suddenly have fantasy value again.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 04:00:00 PM
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates are talking to the Yankees about Ivan Nova.
Nova is due to become a free agent this winter and the Yankees have already sold off a ton of other parts, so they might as well make this happen even if the return isn't great. Nova, 29, owns a 4.90 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 97 1/3 innings (15 starts, six relief appearances) this season with New York.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 03:35:00 PM
Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are still in on a couple of the Rays' starters.
The Pirates appear to be focused on lefty Matt Moore, but they are also looking at Jake Odorizzi as a backup option. Multiple teams have looked to the the Rays for a potential rotation upgrade, but the Dodgers could now be out of the running after landing Rich Hill as part of a trade with the Athletics. Moore, 27, owns a 4.08 ERA and 109/40 K/BB ratio over 130 innings this season. He posted a 2.41 ERA in July.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 01:54:00 PM