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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Rangers, Astros and Pirates are among the clubs known to have inquired on Rich Hill.
There may be more, but those are the five clubs that we know have discussed the southpaw. The A's may have to take a little less in order to trade Hill given his blister issue, but they shouldn't have trouble finding a taker for him.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Felipe Rivero will head to the Pirates as part of the Mark Melancon trade.
Rivero, a 25-year-old southpaw, owns a 4.53 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 53/15 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings out of the Washington bullpen this season. He'll likely slot right into a middle relief role in the Pirates bullpen and could emerge as a late-game option there with his high-strikeout and low-walk rates.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are "among the teams evaluating" Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi.
Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) and Chad Kuhl (biceps) both went down with injuries Saturday, which is surely related to the Pirates being in the market for a starter. They'll have some competition, as Moore and Odorizzi are both hot commodities, especially with it being a relatively light market for starting pitching.
Braves claimed LHP Jesse Biddle off waivers from the Pirates.
Pittsburgh waived him earlier this week to clear a roster spot for David Freese. Biddle is five months removed from Tommy John surgery. He'll return sometime in 2017.
Pirates released LHP Jesse Biddle.
He was designated for assignment last week to make room on the roster for David Freese. Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com says the Pirates are "working" to re-sign him. Biddle will miss all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October.
The Pirates have shown interest in Tim Lincecum (hip), according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
We're beginning to wonder which will come first—Dr. Dre's Detox album or Lincecum's mythical showcase. Assuming Lincecum does throw for teams at some point this month, the Pirates will join a host of interested parties including the Padres, Marlins, Orioles and even the Giants. Pittsburgh seems like an odd fit for Lincecum as the Pirates already have a full rotation with two talented prospects (Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon) expected to debut later this year. Lincecum is now six months removed from hip surgery.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Pirates have acquired prospect left-hander Jesse Biddle from the Phillies.
It's unclear what the Phillies will receive in return. Biddle had Tommy John surgery in October, so he'll be in rehab mode for all of 2016, but Pittsburgh is a nice landing spot for him given their penchant for turning pitchers around. While Biddle's career has veered off track, he's still just 24 years old.
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo hears that Bronson Arroyo is expected to make a decision on which team to sign with this week.
Arroyo has previously been connected to the Reds, Nationals and Marlins, and Cotillo says the Pirates and Padres are also interested in the veteran right-hander. The Nats are known to have extended a minor league contract offer, but with Arroyo hearing from that many clubs, perhaps he'll be able to squeeze a guaranteed, incentive-laden deal out of someone. The 38-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery.
Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio said Saturday that Trevor Cahill turned down a two-year contract offer from the Pirates to remain with the Cubs.
The right-hander would've slotted into the Pirates rotation had he gone that route, instead he opted to remain a part of the Cubs' bullpen where he excelled down the stretch in 2015. He would have been much more interesting in fantasy leagues had he taken the Pirates offer.
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Pirates and free agent reliever Neftali Feliz have agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.
Feliz struggled to the tune of a 6.38 ERA over 48 appearances between the Rangers and Tigers last season, but his secondary numbers weren't terrible and he saw an encouraging boost in velocity. It's a worthwhile gamble for Pittsburgh.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "gets the sense" the Pirates will not pursue starting pitchers commanding $10 million annual salaries including Scott Kazmir and Mike Leake.
Leake has never been on the Pirates' radar but Pittsburgh did meet with Kazmir's representatives at the Winter Meetings. Kazmir would be a great fit but it sounds like he's going to be out of the Pirates' price range. For now, they'll go into the season with a starting rotation of Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Jon Niese, Jeff Locke and Allen Webster.
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Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that the Pirates "said no to Adam LaRoche at a discounted rate."
The White Sox also talked to the Mariners about LaRoche, but they also turned them down before making a trade for Adam Lind. The feeling is that Chicago will probably have to eat at least $8 million of the $13 million LaRoche is owed next season in order to trade him, and even then it might not be enough. The 36-year-old hit just .207 with 12 home runs in 2015.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 12:35:00 PM
The Pirates are "closing in" on a deal with free agent Juan Nicasio, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Nicasio was non-tendered by the Dodgers earlier this month after posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 32 walks in 58 1/3 innings in 2015. The Pirates have a way with pitchers, though, so it's a nice buy-low opportunity for the club. Nicasio will likely have a middle relief role in Pittsburgh.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:41:00 PM