Jung Ho Kang Will Begin His Career in the Majors as a Bat off the Bench For the Pirates
Jan16

Jung Ho Kang Will Begin His Career in the Majors as a Bat off the Bench For the Pirates

It was no surprise that Jung Ho Kang would be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. The rumors first came out last week, saying that Kang would be finalizing a deal by the middle of this week. Then there were rumors at the start of this week saying that Kang had agreed to a deal, and would be flying to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. All of that happened, and the Pirates officially announced Kang’s deal today. Terms of the...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Nine Players; Walker, Alvarez, Worley Headed to Arbitration?
Jan16

Pirates Agree to Terms With Nine Players; Walker, Alvarez, Worley Headed to Arbitration?

Today at 1:00 PM EST is the deadline for arbitration eligible players and teams to exchange arbitration figures. The Pittsburgh Pirates have 12 players who are eligible for arbitration, and all 12 players officially filed on Tuesday. The Pirates will exchange figures with those 12 players today, or the two sides will come to an agreement prior to the exchange. In most cases, the Pirates try to work out a deal with the players before...

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Pirates Make the Jung Ho Kang Signing Official
Jan16

Pirates Make the Jung Ho Kang Signing Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced that they have signed infielder Jung Ho Kang to a four year deal with a club option for the 2019 season. No terms were announced, and no corresponding move has been announced yet. The reported terms on this deal were $16 M total. I’m sure the details will come out at some point soon. UPDATE 11:10 AM: Jon Heyman says it is believed to be worth $11 M plus. Jung-ho kang pirates deal...

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First Pitch: Why it Doesn’t Matter That Pedro Alvarez Isn’t at Mini Camp
Jan16

First Pitch: Why it Doesn’t Matter That Pedro Alvarez Isn’t at Mini Camp

There’s something about mini camp that makes the entire event overblown. Maybe it’s due to the fact that the event is held in the middle of the off-season, during the time period where there is very little baseball news, putting a huge spotlight on the events. Maybe it’s because this is one of the few¬†moments in the off-season where you hear from a lot of players, and hear about their progress. Here is the truth...

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VIDEO: Josh Bell and Austin Meadows Taking Batting Practice
Jan15

VIDEO: Josh Bell and Austin Meadows Taking Batting Practice

Two of the top hitting prospects in the system, as well as in all of baseball, were taking batting practice this afternoon in the cages at Pirate City. I grabbed some quick videos of Josh Bell and Austin Meadows taking a few swings, which should help hold you over until baseball returns a month from...

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