McCutchen Named Finalist for National League MVP

Finalists for the National League Most Valuable Player Award were announced on MLB Network tonight and Pirates Andrew McCutchen was named one of five finalists for the MVP Award. McCutchen, along with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, San Diego’s Chase Headley, St. Louis’ Yadier Molina and San Francisco’s Buster Posey were the others nominated for the award. McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a .327 average and a...

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Bob Nutting Gives His Input on Several Key Off-Season Topics

With the GM Meetings kicking off today, and the Winter Meetings less than a month away, the free agent market should start to pick up. General Manager Neal Huntington is in Florida for the next two days, which gives General Managers the opportunity to meet face to face and be able to start discussing potential trades. If the Pirates don’t make any moves this offseason, the club is projected to have a payroll just under $61 M on...

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Pirates Owner Bob Nutting Addresses 2012 Season

After the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their 2012 season with a 4-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park, owner Bob Nutting said that he was angry and frustrated by the final outcome of the season. On July 28, the Pirates sat at a 58-42 record — a season-high 16 games over .500 — and just three games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the National League Central. They held a spot in the Wild Card standings, but similar to...

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Pirates Decline Option for Rod Barajas; Pick Up Option for Pedro Alvarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates today exercised the $700,000 option for third baseman Pedro Alvarez for the 2013 season, while declining catcher Rod Barajas’ $3.5 M option (no buyout) for next year. Alvarez’s $700,000 option was expected, as it was a part of his original contract when drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of 2008. Alvarez blasted a career-high 30 home runs during the 2012 season, surpassing his previous mark of...

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Andrew McCutchen Wins First Gold Glove

Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced today that Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his first Gold Glove among National League Center Fielders. McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Michael Bourn and Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs for the award. McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a 135-game errorless streak and led all National League outfielders in fielding percentage (.997), making just one error in 371...

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