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According to FanRag's Jon Heyman, the Orioles, Royals, Marlins and Pirates are among teams looking at free agent Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera has been a pretty consistent bat, but the defense just keeps getting worse and he's been a real asset just two of the last five seasons. He'd make more sense as a fourth outfielder and part-time DH than as a starter going forward.
Feb 1 - 7:09 PM

Giants claimed infielder Engelb Vielma off of waivers from the Pirates.

The Giants previously claimed Vielma from the Twins last September, only to lose him to the Phillies on waivers in November (the Pirates claimed him later in December). A defensive-minded shortstop, Vielma isn't likely to hit enough to be of use as a major league bench player. He can be plugged in at short for a few weeks if the starter gets hurt, though.
Jan 18 - 7:42 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 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

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

According to Juan Manuel Moreno of La Prensa in Mexico, the Pirates are showing interest in free agent starter Jaime Garcia.

Garcia pitched for three different teams (Braves, Twins, Yankees) in 2017, posting a 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 129/64 K/BB ratio in 157 innings. The 31-year-old left-hander could be a nice buy-low option for the cost-conscious Pirates, though he also had underwhelming numbers with the Cardinals in 2016 and he carries an ugly history of elbow and shoulder problems.
Source: La Prensa
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 12:17:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Pirates have interest in a reunion with free agent second baseman Neil Walker.

Morosi says the ongoing difficulty with getting Jung Ho Kang back into the country has forced the Pirates to consider a variety of infield options. Walker, 32, batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 02:38:00 PM

Mark Bowman of reports that the Pirates have acquired Sean Rodriguez from the Braves in exchange for a catching prospect.

Rodriguez, who missed most of the season due to a shoulder injury sustained in a car accident, has appeared in just 15 games for the Braves. In that time, he slashed .162/.326/.351 with two homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances. Rodriguez returns to Pittsburgh where he played from 2015-2016.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 01:57:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs, Red Sox, Rockies, Indians, Pirates, Orioles, White Sox, Tigers, Athletics, and Blue Jays are the 10 teams on Yu Darvish's no-trade list.

Meaning, of course, that he can veto a deal to any of those 10 clubs. The big notable here is the presence of the Cubs, as they have expressed serious interest, but Darvish might not be against a move to the defending World Series champs and the DH-less National League. The 30-year-old impending free agent holds a 3.44 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 143/43 K/BB ratio in 133 1/3 innings (21 starts) this season with Texas.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 12:01:00 PM

Yankees acquired RHP Matt Frawley from the Pirates as the player to be named later in the Johnny Barbato trade.

Frawley, a 17th-round pick in 2016 out of Purdue University, has registered a promising 1.62 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 32/4 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings of relief this season at Low-A West Virginia. The 21-year-old right-hander could prove to be a nice pickup for the Yanks.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 02:25:00 PM

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.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 02:13:00 PM

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.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 10:53:00 AM

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.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 10:05:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 02:49:00 PM

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