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11/25/2014 | Alvarez poised to take over first base for Pirates

In 2014, Pedro Alvarez began his conversion from third base to first, but his campaign was cut short due to injury. Heading into Spring Training, the Pirates expect him to be their regular first baseman next season.


11/24/2014 | A look back at the careers of first-timers on Hall ballot

Most of the first-timers on the latest Hall of Fame ballot don't have a legitimate chance of making it to Cooperstown, but they nonetheless had impressive big league careers worthy of another look.


11/23/2014 | Bucs send Davis to A's for international signing money

A week away from possibly releasing first baseman Ike Davis, the Pirates found a productive way to move the veteran, who did not figure in their plans. The Bucs on Sunday dealt Davis to Oakland in exchange for the Athletics' allotment at the 27th slot in the international signing pool.


11/21/2014 | Bucs sign Liz looking for another makeover success

After helping to rejuvenate the careers of many talented but struggling arms in recent seasons. the Bucs are looking to have the same success with Radhames Liz after signing the right to a two-year, $3 million deal.


11/20/2014 | Taillon, four others added to Bucs' 40-man roster

A busy day of roster shuffling for the Pirates on Thursday ended with veteran first baseman Ike Davis being designated for assignment, one of the moves needed to clear enough roster space for five Minor Leaguers added to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.


11/20/2014 | Ranking the top 25 prospects from the Arizona Fall League

The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.


11/19/2014 | NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.


11/18/2014 | Pirates bring back Lincoln on Minor League deal

One cannot rewrite history. But the Pirates, unable to bring back the joyride of the 2012 season, have at least brought back one of the unsung arms who had made it happen. Brad Lincoln, the valuable swingman of the pitching staff that had the Bucs in serious contention in mid-2012, is returning to the organization on a Minor League deal.


11/18/2014 | Melancon finds off-the-field calling a world away

What sets Pirates closer Mark Melancon apart from the masses is that he has an unusual perspective, one that he strives to bring to life each day. He knows that if he does lose, which doesn't happen often, it's not the end of the world. Never was this more apparent to Melancon than last offseason, when he and his wife, Mary Catherine, took the trip of a lifetime.


11/17/2014 | Bucs recognize gains in expected loss of Martin

The Pirates' formal divorce from catcher Russell Martin came as anything but a surprise and was on grounds of irreconcilable differences.


11/15/2014 | Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.


11/14/2014 | Burnett returns to Pirates on one-year contract

The Pirates are bringing back A.J. Burnett. The club and Burnett, who last week turned down the player option he held with the Phillies, reached agreement on a contract for the 2015 season Friday.


11/14/2014 | Patient Sanchez determined to be Bucs' No. 1 catcher

The Pirates' catching job has been a carrot dangled in front of Tony Sanchez ever since the club made him its No. 1 -- No. 4 overall -- pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. For the third consecutive offseason, that carrot has been handed off to an escapee from New York. First Russell Martin, then Chris Stewart and now Francisco Cervelli have come from the Yankees to test Sanchez's patience and his resolve.


11/13/2014 | Cervelli acquisition caps busy week for Pirates

The General Managers Meetings are portrayed mostly as an opportunity for baseball executives to lay some groundwork for future transactions. Well, Pirates GM Neal Huntington did more: He hit the groundwork running this week, coming away from the Arizona Biltmore with two additions to what already has been a productive offseason.


11/13/2014 | McCutchen finishes third in NL MVP Award vote

Andrew McCutchen had hoped to make history on Thursday. Instead, he lost out to history, finishing third to Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton in balloting for the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player Award.


11/12/2014 | Huntington cautions youth on Tommy John surgery

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has been moved to speak up about misconceptions of Tommy John surgery by the same alarming trends and studies that led to the establishment of the "Pitch Smart" initiative Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday, a website and book to educate youngsters on how to prevent elbow injuries.


11/12/2014 | Yankees trade Cervelli to Pirates for left-hander Wilson

Moving swiftly to fill a potential vacancy behind the plate, the Pirates on Wednesday night acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees in exchange for left-hander Justin Wilson.


11/12/2014 | McCutchen's campaign worthy of NL MVP repeat

As the only National League MVP finalist to lead his team to the postseason as a position player, Andrew McCutchen could win the award for a second straight season.


11/11/2014 | Huntington: Alvarez fits into Bucs' picture at first base

When Pirates general manager Neal Huntington gives a media briefing at a Major League conclave, it really is brief. Huntington is one of the game's most tight-lipped GMs, deferring to the process in declining to discuss his agendas in any detail.


11/11/2014 | Hurdle finishes second in NL MOY Award voting

Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle, the 2013 winner of the NL Manager of the Year Award, finished second to the Nationals' Matt Williams this year in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Bruce Bochy of the Giants finished third.


11/11/2014 | Pirates acquire righty Scahill from Rockies

The Pirates and Rockies swapped pitchers on Tuesday, with right-hander Rob Scahill going to Pittsburgh in exchange for Minor League right-hander Shane Carle.


11/10/2014 | Martin, Liriano turn down Bucs' qualifying offers

Catcher Russell Martin and left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano on Monday both rejected qualifying offers from the Pirates, who are now positioned to be compensated if the free agents wind up signing with another team.


11/10/2014 | Pirates unveil Spring Training schedule

The Pirates released their Spring Training schedule Monday, announcing 15 home games scheduled at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla.


11/10/2014 | Hurdle deserving of repeat NL MOY honor

There was little doubt Clint Hurdle was a most deserving runaway winner of the 2013 National League Manager of the Year Award. There is even less doubt that he deserves even more the '14 award to be presented Tuesday.


11/7/2014 | Bucs beef up bench options with Elmore claim

The Pirates claimed infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from Cincinnati on Friday, acquiring another versatile option for their bench. Elmore, a 27-year-old with limited Major League experience, spent most of the 2014 season batting .281 in Triple-A between Sacramento and Louisville. The Reds had acquired him off waivers in early August from the A's.




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