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Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister named Rangers manager

By Rob Biertempfel
Although he worked 29 years in the Pirates organization as a player and coach, it wasn’t until recently that Jeff Banister and his wife finally started house shopping in Pittsburgh. Those plans changed Thursday, when the Texas Rangers hired Banister …

Pirates will implement price increase for 2015 tickets

By Rob Biertempfel
The home opener always is the hottest ticket of the season for the Pirates. Next year, it also will be the most expensive. The Pirates …

Pirates’ Banister named finalist for Rangers’ managing job

By Travis Sawchik
Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister is a finalist for the Texas Rangers’ vacant managing job, the Rangers announced Tuesday. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said …

Pirates organization to continue pursuing value free agents in offseason

By Travis Sawchik
Two offseasons ago, an embattled Pirates front office had a remarkably successful offseason in identifying and signing two of best free-agent values in Russell Martin …

Pirates face mound of decisions in offseason

By Karen Price
By the end of the 2014 season, the Pirates had six starting pitchers with more than 100 innings pitched. Four are under contract for next …

Pirates are solid at shortstop with the durable Mercer in play

By Rob Biertempfel
At the end of May, it seemed Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was on track for a trip back to the minor leagues. In his first …

Pirates GM Huntington believes his coaching staff will return intact

By Karen Price
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has a lot of decisions to make during the offseason, but one thing he won’t have to do — unless …

Pirates notebook: Team wary of Polanco, Marte playing full winter season

By Rob Biertempfel
The Pirates don’t want outfielders Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte to become burned out by playing a full season of winter ball in their native …

Sound familiar? Pirates enter offseason trying to solidify 1B position

By Rob Biertempfel
First base was arguably the Pirates’ most glaring need last winter. A full season later, they still are trying to fill the position. After the …

Pirates weighing options with Martin

By Travis Sawchik
Some of the Blackout II crowd already departed PNC Park when Russell Martin walked to the plate for perhaps his final plate appearance as a …

Pirates acquire Orioles reliever, designate Tabata for assignment

By Rob Biertempfel
For the second time in four months, Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata was designated for assignment. On Friday, according to the mlb.com transactions page, Tabata was …

Offensive production, filling out rotation key for Pirates next season

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates made dramatic strides offensively this year. Just as they made greats gains in improving their ability to prevent runs without big-dollar additions last …

Pirates face major decisions on a handful of players in offseason

By Rob Biertempfel
Players moved quietly through the Pirates clubhouse late Wednesday night, stuffing boxes and bags with their gear. There were farewell handshakes and a few hugs. …

Starkey: Pirates’ priorities should be obvious

By Joe Starkey
Looks from here like the Pirates should be set at seven positions next season. Not just set but potentially stacked. The positions are left field …

Bumgarner quiets Blackout crowd with 4-hit shutout

By Travis Sawchik
What was so striking was the silence. Just like last year’s prelude to the first postseason baseball game in Pittsburgh in two decades, Federal Street …

Pirates’ Martin calls crowd chant ‘pretty special’

By Rob Rossi
Russell Martin hasn’t decided anything, but he heard Pirates fans loud and clear Wednesday night. “When they were chanting my name, that was pretty special,” Martin said of his at-bat in the ninth inning during which fans chanted “re-sign Russ!” …

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MLB notebook: Tigers hire former Pirates GM Littlefield as scout

By Wire Reports
The Tigers hired former Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield as a major league scout. The team announced the move Monday. Littlefield replaces Mike Russell. Littlefield, 54, has spent more than 25 seasons in major league front offices. He recently wrapped …