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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli looking for big money

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:44:03 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli is believed to be looking for a three-year deal worth $39 million if he signs an extension with the Pirates, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Cervelli was able to play in 130 games in 130 games last season and finished the season with a .295 average and 43 RBIs. He will receive a majority of the starts this season if he is healthy and should be a solid option in two-catcher leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Travis Sawchik

Pirates | Jon Niese may get extra help

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:01:19 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jon Niese may get some extra help from pitching coach Ray Searage before the season starts. He has worked with pitchers like SP Francisco Liriano, J.A. Happ and Edinson Volquez.

Fantasy Tip: Those pitchers have had solid seasons when in Pittsburgh, so the thinking is Niese could benefit from Searage's help. He is targeted as the No. 3 starter in Pittsburgh, so he will likely go in the middle of NL drafts and in later rounds in mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Rob Biertempfel

Pirates | Jordy Mercer receives new deal

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:59:56 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.075 million.

Fantasy Tip: Mercer will be the team's starting shortstop in 2016 and will not have to share the work with another player. He batted .244 with three home runs last season but could still be an option in NL-only leagues.

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Pirates | Mark Melancon agrees to new deal

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:37:01 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates RP Mark Melancon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $9.65 million with the team Friday, Jan. 15.

Fantasy Tip: Melancon led the league with 51 saves last season and should be the team's closer again in 2016. Melancon probably should be middle-round option in most mixed leagues.

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Pirates | Francisco Cervelli signs one-year deal

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:50:20 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.5 million deal Friday, Jan. 15.

Fantasy Tip: Cervelli had a bit of a breakout in his first year starting with a .295-7-43 line. He'll be in that median starting catcher mix in fantasy.

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Pirates | Jeff Locke signs with Pittsburgh

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:51:24 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jeff Locke re-signed a one-year, $3.025 million contract to avoid arbitration Thursday, Jan. 14.

Fantasy Tip: After a blazing first half of the 2013 season, Locke has regressed annually, and he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a cavernous mixed and NL-only option. He has a career 4.16 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 6.6 K/9, after all.

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Pirates | Jon Niese to be No. 3 starter

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:22:13 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Jon Niese, who went 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 33 outings for the New York Mets last year, is expected to fill the No. 3 starting pitcher spot for Pittsburgh.

Fantasy Tip: Niese fell victim to the Mets young dominant starters making the transition to the majors last year and finding immediate success. His strikeouts per nine innings dropped to under 6.0 last year, which will make him unattractive to most fantasy owners. However, he's an extreme ground-ball pitcher that could find success with Pittsburgh in a new opportunity. But he's more of a single-universe commodity to begin the year.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Rob Biertempfel

Pirates | Jung Ho Kang eyeing April return

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:13:01 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang (knee, leg) is progressing well during his rehab from surgery to repair damage to his left knee and a fractured leg and was able to jog, play long toss and lift weights with his upper body Monday, Jan. 11. General manager Neal Huntington is optimistic Kang will be ready to play in April.

Fantasy Tip: Kang's draft stock projects to peak and valley over the coming months with his return timeline still up in the air. He flashed nice upside with 15 home runs and a .287/.355/.461 slash line through 126 games during his rookie season, which is a nice offensive return for a middle infield. Stay tuned for updates, but don't sleep on Kang on draft day this spring.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Rob Biertempfel

Pirates | Neftali Feliz signs with Pirates

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:21:11 -0800

Free-agent RP Neftali Feliz (Tigers) agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Fantasy Tip: Feliz could be a low-end flyer that pays off if the Bucs trade Mark Melancon. Feliz has NL-only value in the interim.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Yahoo! Sports - Jeff Passan

Pirates | Pittsburgh interested in Justin Masterson

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:21:15 -0800

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of "eight to 10" teams that have recently expressed interest in free-agent SP Justin Masterson (Red Sox).

Fantasy Tip: Masterson is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder that prematurely ended his 2015 season, after he went 4-2 with a 5.61 ERA in 18 appearances (nine starts) for Boston. He is nothing more than a late-round flier at this point.

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Pirates | John Jaso to play 1B

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 11:19:16 -0800

Updating a previous report, free-agent C/OF John Jaso (Rays) is expected to play first base after he agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He'll make $4 million per year and can make an additional $1 million annually in performance bonuses. Jaso is expected to play first base.

Fantasy Tip: Jaso has some fantasy prowess if he's eligible at catcher in your league. However, he's an irrelevant first baseman and outfielder.

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Pirates | John Jaso signs with Pittsburgh

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:40:32 -0800

Free-agent C John Jaso (Rays) signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, Dec. 23. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Fantasy Tip: Jaso has sneaky value in leagues using on-base percentage with a .373 mark over the past four seasons. Still, full-time at-bats may not be in the equation, and he hardly tips the scales across the other categories. Jaso is likely best left to NL-only and cavernous mixed leagues entering the 2016 season.

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Pirates | Ryan Vogelsong signs with Pittsburgh

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:09:20 -0800

Free-agent SP Ryan Vogelsong (Giants) signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, Dec. 18. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Fantasy Tip: Vogelsong owns a 4.63 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and a 6.9 K/9 over the past three seasons, and he was bumped from the starting rotation in 2015. Entering his age-38 season, there isn't a lot to like about the veteran in fantasy circles. At best, he is a spot starter for Pittsburgh who could land in the right matchup to roll the dice on him as a streamer or FantasyScore flier.

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Pirates | Jason Rogers, Michael Morse to compete

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:45:59 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates 1Bs Jason Rogers and Michael Morse will compete for playing time at first base next season. Rogers had 22 starts with the Milwaukee Brewers last year at first base.

Fantasy Tip: Rogers hit .296 (45-for-152) with four home runs and 16 RBI in just 86 games for Milwaukee last year. With more playing time, Rogers' average will surely come down, but he could approach 15 home runs. He's more contact-inclined than Morse, who struggled with a .231 average and just five homers with two teams in 2015. Both first basemen are merely corner infield depth in deep mixed and NL-only universes.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

Pirates | Allen Webster released

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:17:05 -0800

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Allen Webster was released Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Fantasy Tip: It has been quite a fall from uber prospect grace for Webster. Webster will be 26 in February, so he still has time to be a post-hype boomer.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Player News

Acosta Jose P
Adams Terry RP
Alduey Darlin P
Allie Stetson 3B
Almonte Hector P
Amato Gary P
Aneudy Darlin P
Antelo Derek P
Aponte Kelly 1B
Baker Nate P
Baker Nathan P
Bankston Maurice P
Bard Daniel RP
Barnes Barrett OF
Barrios Gustavo 3B
Bell Josh 1B
Benitez Deybis SS
Bernero Adam RP
Biddle Jesse SP
Biela Andrew OF
Bishop Harrison P
Bleich Jeremy P
Bloom Kyle P
Boeve Adam OF
Bomback Daniel 2B
Bonifay Josh 2B
Boone James OF
Boscan Wilfredo SP
Bouknight Kip P
Brault Steven P
Brito Jesus 3B
Brolsma Owen P
Bromberg David SP
Bullinger Kirk P
Buttler Vic OF
Cameron Taylor P
Caminero Arquimedes RP
Cardenas Eliecer P
Cardona Rodolfo INF
Carrasco Roman P
Carver Mark C
Castellano John C
Castillo Wilkin C
Castro Orlando P
Cavagnaro Matt INF
Cave Kevin P
Cervelli Francisco C
Chaves Brandon INF
Chen Yung-Chi INF
Chi Ping-Hung OF
Chiaffredo Paul C
Child Dylan C
Claggett Anthony P
Clapp Brad P
Cofield Kyle P
Cole Gerrit SP
Copley David P
Corey Mark P
Corley Brad OF
Corsaletti Jeff OF
Cortes Jorge OF
Covington Christopher OF
Cox Tyler P
Craig Dustin P
Cuffman Jacob P
Cumpton Brandon SP
Curry Matt 1B
Davis Blake SS
De Aza Miguel OF
Del Castillo Angelo OF
DeLaCruz Michael OF
Delaney Jason INF
DeLeon Cristopher P
Diaz Elias C
Diaz Francisco C
Diaz Juan SS
Dodson Zackry P
Dorta Melvin INF
Durham Miles OF
Edwards Mike 3B
Enochs Chris P
Erickson Casey P
Escobar Elvis OF
Escobar Elvis OF
Esqueda Carlos SS
Evans Tom INF
Fagan Albert P
Falcon Omar C
Fallon Ed P
Farrell Jeremy INF
Feliz Neftali RP
Fernandez Erick C
Fields Caleb OF
Figuera Luis P
Figueroa Cole 3B
Fitzpatrick John 1B
Florimon Pedro SS
Forrer Daniel P
Foster Zachary P
Freeman Wesley OF
Fuesser Zac P
Fuller Jim P
Garabito Eddy INF
Garcia Christopher INF
Garcia Juan C
Giblin Sean P
Glasnow Tyler P
Goebbert Jacob OF
Gonzalez Issael 2B
Gryboski Kevin RP
Guerrero Emilis P
Guillory Matthew P
Guzman Edwards C
Hagan Thomas OF
Haley Trey RP
Hamilton Clayton P
Hamman Corey P
Hanson Alen SS
Harris Justin SS
Harrison Josh 3B
Hart Kevin SP
Harts Jeremy P
Harvey Kris RP
Hayes Ke'Bryan 3B
Henriquez Cristian P
Henriquez Ralph C
Herbort Ryan P
Heredia Luis P
Hernandez Anderson 2B
Hernandez Christopher P
Herrera Johan 3B
Hill Josh P
Holdzkom John RP
Holliday Brian P
Hollingsworth Ethan P
Holmes Brett OF
Holmes Clay P
Hughes Jared RP
Inman Jeff P
Irving Nate C
Ivany Devin C
Jackson Steven P
Jaso John C
Jones Mitch OF
Jones Rodarrick OF
Joves Julio 1B
Julio Jorge RP
Kaminista Kyle RP
Kang Jung Ho SS
Keel Jared 3B
Keller Mitch P
Kingsbury Robert OF
Kinney Josh RP
Kleis Kevin P
Klinger Brent P
Knotts Allan P
Knudson Guido RP
Krebs Eric P
Lakind Jared 1B
Lara Pedro OF
Lee Taber 2B
Lee Wilson P
Leesman Charlie RP
Leon Jose INF
Linares Serguey P
Liriano Francisco SP
Lobstein Kyle SP
Locke Jeff SP
Lomack Jermal 2B
Lopez Cesar P
Lorenzo Arquimedes P
Mallette Brian P
Mann Brandon P
Marte Kelvin P
Marte Starling OF
Mathisen Wyatt C
McClung Seth RP
McCullen Matthew P
McCutchen Andrew OF
McGuire Reese C
Meadows Austin OF
Medina Jhondaniel P
Melancon Mark RP
Melhuse Adam C
Mendez Mauricio P
Mercer Jordy SS
Miller Matt J. RP
Miller Quinton P
Moeves Mark P
Montero Yunior P
Montilla Richard P
Morales Jose C
Morel Brent 3B
Morris Hunter 1B
Morse Michael 1B
Mulhern Ryan OF
Myles Candon OF
Myrow Brian 1B
Neverauskas Dovydas P
Newman Kevin SS
Newsom Randy P
Nicasio Juan RP
Niese Jon SP
Norman Anthony OF
Nunez Gustavo SS
Oliver Zachary P
Ortiz Daniel OF
Padilla Fredys 2B
Palmeiro Patrick 3B
Parrish David C
Parry Craig OF
Partch Curtis P
Paulino Carlos C
Payne Matthew 3B
Payne Vincent P
Pena Ramses SS
Perez Miguel C
Pevny Logan P
Polanco Gregory OF
Polo Tito OF
Polonia Rodney SS
Pond Simon OF
Ponder Allen P
Powell Jeremy P
Prasch Eddie 3B
Pribanic Aaron SP
Quarles Jason P
Ramirez Elvin P
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramirez Harold OF
Ramos Jhonathan P
Reames Britt RP
Reddinger Brandon C
Reichert Dan P
Reid Justin P
Reith Brian P
Reyes Milver C
Rice Chad SS
Richardson Antoan OF
Rivera Maximo SS
Roberts Kevin P
Roberts Willis P
Robertson Nash P
Robles Moises P
Rodriguez Leandro P
Rodriguez Nerio P
Rodriguez Sean 1B
Rogers Jason 1B
Rojas Chris SP
Ronco Jesus SS
Rondon Jorge RP
Roneberg Brett OF
Rooi Vince 3B
Rosario Melvin P
Rubinstein Dave OF
Ryan Michael OF
Sakamoto Kent 1B
Salas Marino RP
Salcedo Edward 3B
Sanchez Angel P
Sanz Luis P
Scahill Rob RP
Schugel A.J. P
Serrano Elio RP
Shortslef Josh P
Simon Keanon OF
Simpson Allan P
Singh Rinku P
Sinkbeil Brett P
Smith Gregory 1B
Spain Robert SS
Stein Blake SP
Stevenson Trent P
Stewart Chris C
Suarez Steven C
Sucre Antonio OF
Sues Jeff RP
Taillon Jameson SP
Tarpley Stephen P
Tejeda Oscar SS
Thompson Mike P
Tucker Cole SS
Urena Luis OF
Valdez Alex 3B
Valdez Luis Alfonzo P
Valdez Yunior OF
Valiquette Phillippe P
Valle Sebastian C
Vogelsong Ryan SP
Von Rosenberg Zack P
Walcott Damian OF
Waldron Tyler P
Waldrop Kyle RP
Walker Andrew C
Watson Tony RP
Webster Anthony OF
Welch Stefan 1B
Whitehead David P
Whiteside Matt RP
Williams Brandon P
Williams Michael P
Williams Trevor P
Yang Yao-Hsun P
Yates Tyler RP
Zarate Robert P

Branson Jeff TO
Dorante Luis TO
Fischer Brad TO
Huntington Neal GM
Hurdle Clint MAN
Jauss Dave TO
Leyva Nick TO
Livesy Jeff TO
Searage Ray PC
Sofield Rick TO

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