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Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have a deal in place for Rays right-hander Chris Archer.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, and a third piece are headed back to the Rays. The Pirates have made a surprise push in the standings, so acquiring Archer allows them to contend for this season as well as in the future. The 29-year-old is owed a bargain $27.5 million over the next three seasons.
Jul 31 - 3:24 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Rays are "leaning toward" trading Chris Archer to the Pirates.

The Brewers and Braves are among the other reported finalists, but it sounds like Pittsburgh has the best offer on the table. Archer has pitched well over the last few months, when healthy, and his fantasy stock would get a huge boost with the move from the American League East to the National League Central. We should have something more official soon.
Jul 31 - 3:11 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that a trade involving Chris Archer is now seen as "very, very likely."

In fact, Topkin hears that there's about a "90 percent" chance of something going down. Just where he could end up is unclear, but the Brewers, Braves, and Pirates have all been mentioned prominently of late. It's worth noting that the Pirates are considered out on Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, so that could be a sign of progress with Archer, but that's just speculation for now. We should all find out within an hour.
Jul 31 - 3:01 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Pirates are out on Kevin Gausman.

It was reported on Monday that the Pirates were "progressing" in trade talks for Gausman and possibly Mychal Givens, but something has changed over the past 24 hours. And we can probably rule them out for Givens after the Keone Kela acquisition. Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that the Rockies, Braves, and Brewers remain in the mix here, with a little under two hours to go to the deadline.
Jul 31 - 2:26 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers, Braves, and Pirates are "all strongly in [the] mix" for Chris Archer.

Rosenthal also adds that the Dodgers and other teams are "potentially lurking" with just a couple hours to go until the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Jon Morosi of MLB Network identified the Braves as "the team to watch" on Archer earlier in the day. The 29-year-old right-hander has somewhat underwhelming overall numbers this season, but he's delivered a 2.70 ERA over his last 43 1/3 innings and he's under control through 2021.
Jul 31 - 1:39 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates were linked to the Rays on Chris Archer "in significant fashion" as of Monday night.

The Pirates also got a deal done for Keone Kela on Monday night, so it's clear they see themselves as buyers. Of course, acquiring Kela and Archer wouldn't just be about this season. The Padres have been mentioned as the favorite for Archer in recent days, but recent reports indicate that something has shifted. Perhaps that has something to do with the Pirates' involvement. We should soon find out.
Jul 31 - 11:14 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates "have aggressively pursued" Padres pitching and "have liked Craig Stammen in the past."

Stammen is in the midst of a fine season that's seen him post a 2.63 ERA and 58/10 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings. He's making just $2.25 million in 2018 and is under contract for another $2.25 million in 2019.
Jul 30 - 7:38 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Pirates have inquired on Rays right-hander Chris Archer.

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports also hears that there are "definite" signs that the Pirates are involved. It's unclear whether their involvement in talks will change things. The Padres have been mentioned most prominently in recent days, but the Braves, Yankees, Brewers, and Athletics are among some of the other clubs who have reached out. Archer's reasonable contract makes him attractive to a long list of teams.
Jul 30 - 3:46 PM

Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles and Pirates are "progressing" in trade talks regarding Kevin Gausman and possibly Mychal Givens.

The possibility was mentioned over the weekend and it appears that there's at least some momentum behind it. Kerr hears that the Orioles are focused on infield prospects, with Ke'Bryan Hayes and Oneil Cruz among the possible targets. Gausman is under team control through 2020 while Givens is under team control through 2021, so a potential trade wouldn't just be about this year for Pittsburgh.
Jul 30 - 1:55 PM

According to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic, the Pirates have expressed interest in acquiring Orioles' right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Now that the Pirates have dealt away all of their expiring contracts, Biertempfel notes that they'll likely pivot to fielding offers for their controllable assets. The Pirates have expressed interest in Gausman already and could potentially look to expand a potential deal by adding right-hander Mychal Givens to the mix.
Jul 29 - 7:30 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Pirates "have emerged as a club with legitimate interest" in Rangers closer Keone Kela.

There's also known to be interest from the Diamondbacks. Kela has registered a 3.18 ERA, 1.088 WHIP, and 41/12 K/BB ratio in 34 innings this season for Texas while tallying 23 saves. The 24-year-old would likely work as a setup man for the Pirates, who have won 10 games in a row. Felipe Vazquez is locked in as Pittsburgh's ninth-inning man for the present and future.
Jul 24 - 6:58 PM

Royals claimed LHP Enny Romero off waivers from the Pirates.

The Royals made room for him on the 40-man roster by transferring Blaine Boyer (back) to the 60-day disabled list. The Pirates designated Romero for assignment after activating him from the disabled list earlier this week. He'll work as a left-handed specialist in Kansas City.
Jul 5 - 8:13 PM

Saturday's game between the Tigers and Pirates has been postponed due to rain.

It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. Saturday's scheduled starters, Trevor Williams and Michael Fulmer, will presumably work in the first game of Sunday's twin bill.
Mar 31 - 1:09 PM

According to FanRag's Jon Heyman, the Orioles, Royals, Marlins and Pirates are among teams looking at free agent Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera has been a pretty consistent bat, but the defense just keeps getting worse and he's been a real asset just two of the last five seasons. He'd make more sense as a fourth outfielder and part-time DH than as a starter going forward.
Feb 1 - 7:09 PM

Giants claimed infielder Engelb Vielma off of waivers from the Pirates.

The Giants previously claimed Vielma from the Twins last September, only to lose him to the Phillies on waivers in November (the Pirates claimed him later in December). A defensive-minded shortstop, Vielma isn't likely to hit enough to be of use as a major league bench player. He can be plugged in at short for a few weeks if the starter gets hurt, though.
Jan 18 - 7:42 PM

Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports that Giants outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds is headed to the Pirates in the Andrew McCutchen trade.

It will be Reynolds and Kyle Crick going to Pittsburgh for the former MVP. Reynolds is a former second-round pick who batted .312/.364/.462 with 10 homers in High-A last season. He was ranked by MLB.com as the Giants' No. 4 prospect.
Jan 15 - 5:22 PM

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Kyle Crick is part of the package the Giants are sending to the Pirates in the Andrew McCutchen trade.

Crick is a former compensation round pick who has major command issues and made a move to the bullpen full-time last season, but he's just 25 and can reach the upper-90s with his fastball. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan is hearing that outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds could be the other piece the Pirates receive.
Jan 15 - 4:34 PM

Third baseman Colin Moran is among the players traded to the Pirates in exchange for Gerrit Cole, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

Moran is one of four headed to Pittsburgh, per reports. A high first-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Moran is still just 25 years old and hit .308/.373/.534 with 18 homers in 79 games at Triple-A last season. David Freese isn't the long-term answer at the hot corner for the Pirates, so Moran could take over as soon as 2018.
Jan 13 - 6:52 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears right-hander Michael Feliz is part of the Pirates' return for Gerrit Cole.

Joe Musgrove and Colin Moran were the first two names linked to the Pirates, but Feliz is arguably the most interesting. The 24-year-old throws very hard and struck out 32 percent of the batters he faced in 2017, despite an unsightly 5.63 ERA. The stuff to be a high-leverage reliever, Feliz could be a nice complement to Bucs closer Felipe Rivero for years to come.
Jan 13 - 6:45 PM

According to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown, Astros starter Joe Musgrove is among the players heading to the Pirates in the Gerrit Cole trade.

FanRag Sports Jon Heyman hears four players will eventually become Pirates, although he says Musgrove and third baseman Colin Moran are expected to be the headliners. Musgrove is a 25-year-old right-hander who posted a 4.77 ERA in 38 games in 2017, although he was demonstrably better as a reliever than a starter. The Bucs will likely give Musgrove every chance to start in 2018, as they appear to be planning for the future with this move. Musgrove is under team control through 2021.
Jan 13 - 6:40 PM


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