Pirates Tried to Extend Starling Marte Through the 2020 Season
Mar24

Pirates Tried to Extend Starling Marte Through the 2020 Season

Over the weekend we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates tried to extend outfielder Starling Marte, but that Marte has turned down two extension attempts. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the Pirates tried to extend Marte for six years, which would start after his one year deal in 2014. That extension would put Marte under team control through the 2020 season. The extension would have covered Marte’s final league minimum year,...

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Pirates Possibly Looking At Didi Gregorius
Mar24

Pirates Possibly Looking At Didi Gregorius

According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had trade discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks for shortstop Didi Gregorius. There were no details from Morosi on what the Diamondbacks could be looking for as a possible return, though they do need starting pitching. Gregorius is a 24-year-old, who hit .252/.332/.373 in 103 games last year, his first full season in the majors.  Gregorius also played briefly for the Cincinnati...

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First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects
Mar24

First Pitch: The Impact of the Injuries to the Top Prospects

Every year around this time I start gathering information to prepare for the season previews at each minor league level. A big part of that involves trying to figure out where players will start, and which players might be promoted throughout the year. One of the things I hear constantly from the Pirates, whether it’s front office members or coaches, is that it’s not how a prospect starts, it’s how he finishes. For...

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Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates’ Organization
Mar23

Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates’ Organization

The past week has seen the Pittsburgh Pirates organization get hit by the injury bug. Fortunately, most of the injuries aren’t major or long-term issues. Unfortunately, three of the top four prospects in the system will start the minor league season in extended Spring Training. Here is the rundown: **Jameson Taillon Sidelined With “A Little Bit of Elbow Discomfort”. He will take two weeks off and then it should take him two...

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Jameson Taillon Sidelined With “A Little Bit of Elbow Discomfort”
Mar23

Jameson Taillon Sidelined With “A Little Bit of Elbow Discomfort”

Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is currently sidelined with what he describes as “a little bit of elbow discomfort.” “I’ve had an MRI and the ligaments are all good,” Taillon said. “There’s nothing there, which is really good news. I’m going to go get a second opinion, and we’ll go from there. The early word is just there’s a little...

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Pirates Have Talked Extension With Starling Marte
Mar23

Pirates Have Talked Extension With Starling Marte

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates approached left fielder Starling Marte with a contract extension twice during the Winter and each time he turned them down. That doesn’t mean that Marte won’t sign an extension though, Biertempfel points out that he is still open to the idea of signing long-term. Marte doesn’t hit free agency until 2019 and he won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the...

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