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Pirates cut ties with Davis, clearing path for Alvarez to play first base

By Rob Biertempfel
With an eye toward making Pedro Alvarez their everyday first baseman, the Pirates on Thursday cut ties with Ike Davis as they revamped their 40-man roster. Newly acquired shortstop Pedro Florimon and prospects Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, Willy Garcia and Elias ...

Pirates ready to protect top pitching prospects from Rule 5 draft

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates will tweak their 40-man roster Thursday before the deadline to add minor leaguers and protect them from the Rule 5 draft. A player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft if he signed when he was 19 or older ...

Pirates notebook: Team offered catcher Martin 4-year contract

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates were willing to stretch, at least in years, to retain free agent catcher Russell Martin. According to two sources, the Pirates offered Martin a ...

Martin agrees to 5-year, $82 million deal with Blue Jays

By Rob Biertempfel
Even before Russell Martin became a free agent, Pirates owner Bob Nutting and general manager Neal Huntington insisted they were willing to “stretch” to re-sign ...

Pirates agree to terms with pitcher Burnett

By Rob Biertempel
Hearing retirement talk from A.J. Burnett is hardly breaking news. The right-hander considered hanging it up after pitching for the Pirates in 2013 and again ...

Starkey: Burnett’s a bargain for Bucs

By Joe Starkey
A.J. Burnett made a promise Friday. “I’m going to be the same A.J. I was when I was there before,” he told 93.7 The Fan. The Pirates would settle for a reasonable facsimile. They signed Burnett to a low-risk, one-year, $8.5 ...

Scouts: Acquiring Cervelli from Yankees cost Pirates promising reliever

By Travis Sawchik
Several major league talent evaluators who scouted the Pirates last season said they paid a hefty price to acquire an insurance plan at catcher. The ...

Pirates’ McCutchen 3rd in NL MVP voting

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen put together another MVP-caliber season in 2014, but Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a season for ages. One day ...

Pirates acquire catcher Cervelli from Yankees

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates on Wednesday set themselves up to move on without free agent Russell Martin by acquiring catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees. ...

Pirates’ Hurdle finishes 2nd to Nationals’ Williams in NL Manager of the Year voting

By Staff and Wire Reports
The Pirates’ Clint Hurdle was the runner-up for National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, with the Washington Nationals’ Matt Williams taking home the ...

Rossi: Pirates don’t need Alvarez at first base

By Rob Rossi
Even as the summer sun lit their pathway toward fall baseball, the Pirates faced a hard winter. It also happens to be one of the ...

Pirates acquire relief pitcher from Colorado

By Tribune-Review
The Pirates acquired right-handed reliever Rob Scahill from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for minor league righty Shane Carle. By adding Scahill, the Pirates have 37 players on their 40-man roster. Scahill, 27, went 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA in ...

Catcher Martin, pitcher Liriano reject qualifying offers from Pirates

By Rob Biertempfel
It will take a lot more than $15.3 million for the Pirates to re-sign Russell Martin or Francisco Liriano. Martin and Liriano on Monday each rejected ...

Pirates release spring training game schedule

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates will play their annual spring training intrasquad game at noon March 2 at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. They will open the Grapefruit League slate March 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. There are 15 spring games ...

McCutchen talks about his legacy, the Pirates’ major needs

By Rob Biertempfel
When spring training opens in mid-February, Andrew McCutchen will embark on his 10th season with the Pirates franchise, which drafted him with the 11th overall ...

Breaking down the MLB Awards

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates’ Clint Hurdle and Andrew McCutchen will defend their respective NL Manager of the Year and NL MVP honors as the Baseball Writers Association of America awards are announced this week. The Rookies of the Year (Monday), Managers of ...

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MLB notebook: Rays’ managerial search narrowed to 3 finalists

By Wire Reports
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates …