Cutch happy to still be wearing black and gold

Despite trade speculation, outfielder wants to spend entire career with Pirates

Cutch happy to still be wearing black and gold

PITTSBURGH -- Late Saturday morning, Andrew McCutchen walked out from behind a set of black-and-gold curtains and moved toward an autograph table, receiving cheers and a round of applause from the long line of people waiting to meet him.

Those fans might not have expected to see him at PirateFest, wearing the No. 22 jersey he's owned since bursting onto the scene in Pittsburgh seven years ago. McCutchen wasn't sure he'd make it here, either.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cole set to start throwing, reflects on tough '16

Watson discusses acknowledging trade buzz during offseason

Cole set to start throwing, reflects on tough '16

PITTSBURGH -- While the Pirates seek a veteran starter to upgrade their rotation, the best news for their pitching staff may have come Saturday morning from Gerrit Cole: His offseason throwing program starts Monday.

Cole, who battled a rib injury in Spring Training and two separate arm injuries during the season, said he is feeling healthy and looking forward to next season. Cole followed up a dominant 2015 season with a disappointing '16, going 7-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts.

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Decision not to act defines Bucs' Winter Meetings

Franchise player McCutchen remains with Pittsburgh despite trade talks

Decision not to act defines Bucs' Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Pirates didn't announce any free-agent signings or trades this week at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, but a move they didn't make -- trading Andrew McCutchen -- emerged as one of the Winter Meetings' most significant storylines.

Pittsburgh's front office headed home Thursday afternoon with McCutchen, the franchise player and subject of several trade discussions, still on the roster. Where the Pirates go from here remains to be seen, but it seems they'll move forward with McCutchen unless they're blown away by the right offer.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cutch likely to be with Bucs on Opening Day

Multiple potential trade partners no longer need top center fielder

Cutch likely to be with Bucs on Opening Day

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Winter Meetings officially ended Thursday morning with the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, and Andrew McCutchen was still a Pirate.

Although the first two days of the meetings were dominated by trade rumors about McCutchen, it's looking increasingly likely that he remains with Pittsburgh come Opening Day. The Bucs have been listening to offers for McCutchen -- not actively shopping him -- throughout the offseason, but they were not able to find a club this week that would meet the high asking price for their franchise player.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates select left-hander Webb in Rule 5 Draft

Bucs lose pitchers Pimentel, Smith and Brewer in Minor League phase

Pirates select left-hander Webb in Rule 5 Draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Pirates added another left-hander to their bullpen competition Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings, selecting Tyler Webb from the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft.

Webb, 26, is the first player the Pirates have selected in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft since they took Gustavo Nunez in 2011. Webb has spent parts of three seasons in Triple-A, and he went 4-3 with one save, a 3.59 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings over 36 appearances in 2016.

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Bucs to get back to run prevention in 2017

Team could also move Marte from left to center field

Bucs to get back to run prevention in 2017

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- At this point, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle can ink two names into his rotation: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. After that? Three spots up for grabs.

Right-hander Chad Kuhl, coming off a solid rookie season, has an early edge for one of those spots, Hurdle said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. The Pirates' outlook could change, at least somewhat, based on what they do the rest of the offseason. Pittsburgh is actively seeking starting pitching but has yet to find a match at the Winter Meetings this week.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bucs could turn to Nicasio in setup role

Bucs could turn to Nicasio in setup role

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In February, Juan Nicasio reported to Spring Training with no set role. He opened the season in the rotation before ultimately sticking in the bullpen.

The Bucs already know where Nicasio will work next season -- out of the bullpen -- but it's less clear when he'll pitch. Nicasio's role is up in the air, dependent on whether Pittsburgh adds a more traditional setup man to replace free-agent right-hander Neftali Feliz.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hurdle hopes Bucs don't part with Cutch

With a diminished market, former NL MVP could stay put

Hurdle hopes Bucs don't part with Cutch

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The list of potential suitors for Andrew McCutchen has shortened this week, and the Pirates may leave the Winter Meetings with their franchise player in tow.

First came the Giants, who reportedly checked in on McCutchen but appear to be committed their internal options in left field. Then came the Rangers, who agreed to a deal with free-agent center fielder Carlos Gomez. The most intriguing landing spot fell off the board Wednesday, when the Nationals filled their outfield vacancy in a prospect-laden trade for Adam Eaton.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates keeping open mind in hunt for hurlers

Pirates keeping open mind in hunt for hurlers

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Pirates' top priority this offseason is improving their rotation. Step one, general manager Neal Huntington quipped on Tuesday afternoon, is having a pitcher qualify for the ERA title next year after failing to do so this past season.

Step two?

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates have a surplus of southpaws in 'pen

Pirates have a surplus of southpaws in 'pen

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington often brings up manager Clint Hurdle's annual request for three left-handed relievers. As the Pirates' roster currently stands, Hurdle is in line to open the season with four lefties.

Tony Watson, Felipe Rivero and Antonio Bastardo are all under control for next season, and the Bucs on Friday retained Wade LeBlanc by signing him to a one-year deal with an option for 2018. Pittsburgh may choose to deal from that surplus, with the most likely move being Bastardo or even Watson, as both are free agents after next season.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCutchen commits to World Baseball Classic

McCutchen commits to World Baseball Classic

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.

Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Cutch

Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Cutch

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The first day of the Winter Meetings brought a new round of rumors around the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen -- and perhaps a new suitor for Pittsburgh's franchise player.

The Dodgers have shown recent interest in McCutchen, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Monday morning. The Nationals have been viewed as the most likely landing spot for McCutchen, if the Pirates decide to deal him, but the Dodgers are also a logical fit given their resources and need for a right-handed hitter.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LeBlanc, Bucs strike one-year deal

Fryer non-tendered; Cole among 6 headed to arbitration

LeBlanc, Bucs strike one-year deal

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates officially parted ways with Jeff Locke before Friday's non-tender deadline, but they worked out a deal to keep another veteran southpaw in their bullpen.

Wade LeBlanc agreed to terms on a one-year contract with an option for 2018, the club announced. The deal is for $750,000 next season, an industry source told MLB.com, with a $1.25 million option for '18. Terms of the deal were first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network, but they have not been confirmed by the club.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

McCutchen trade wouldn't be white flag for Bucs

Pittsburgh could build long-term contender with right deal

McCutchen trade wouldn't be white flag for Bucs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- General Manager Neal Huntington is open to trading Andrew McCutchen. That doesn't mean he's abandoning hopes of the Pirates returning to the postseason next season.

These issues are not mutually exclusive.

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Terence Moore

McCutchen's down year was likely a fluke

Bench, F. Robinson just two examples of superstars who bounced back

McCutchen's down year was likely a fluke

You can wring your hands. You can shake your head. You can sigh all you want, but I'm shrugging over the Andrew McCutchen of 2016.

I remember the Johnny Bench of 1971.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wood, Santana on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

Wood, Santana on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates respond to Kang's DUI charge

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after driving under the influence of alcohol in Seoul, South Korea, early Friday morning.

The accident and arrest reportedly took place at 2:48 a.m. Korea Standard Time. No one was injured in the accident, according to a report by the Korean Yonhap News Agency, and Kang was released from the Gangnam police station after he was charged.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirates invite relievers Runzler, Stoffel to camp

Pirates invite relievers Runzler, Stoffel to camp

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates announced a pair of Minor League free-agent signings on Wednesday, bringing aboard left-hander Dan Runzler and right-hander Jason Stoffel and inviting both to Major League Spring Training camp.

Runzler, 31, pitched in 89 games for the Giants from 2009-12. The lefty reliever posted a 3.86 ERA in 72 1/3 innings, striking out 78 batters while walking 44 and allowing only two home runs.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Who will replace Rodriguez's versatility?

Bucs have internal options to take over super-sub role

Who will replace Rodriguez's versatility?

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates' super-sub has moved on to Atlanta.

Sean Rodriguez, Pittsburgh's super-utility man the past two seasons, reportedly agreed last week to a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Braves. Rodriguez batted .270 with a career-high .859 OPS and 18 homers in 140 games in 2016. It was a career year for the 31-year-old, who hit .228 with a .666 OPS from 2008-15, and that production may have priced out Pittsburgh.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bucs designate Locke for assignment

Pirates sign Bonilla to one-year contract

Bucs designate Locke for assignment

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke's time with the Pirates came to an end Tuesday night, as the veteran left-hander was designated for assignment. Pittsburgh bumped Locke off its 40-man roster to make room for the signing of right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla.

If Locke isn't traded or signed elsewhere, he will be non-tendered before Friday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, making him a free agent. The 29-year-old was eligible for salary arbitration for the second year, and was projected to make $4.2 million next season, according to MLB Trade Rumors. After struggling through this past season, Locke was left without a clear spot in the Pirates' rotation or bullpen going forward.

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Emrick's first MLB game in booth was 'so perfect'

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Emrick's first MLB game in booth was 'so perfect'

Back in July, a few months after calling a Pirates Spring Training game, Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick called his very first regular-season baseball game. He joined Bob Costas in the MLB Network booth for his Pirates' 8-4 win over the Cubs on July 8. It'd been something of a bucket-list item for Emrick, and by all accounts it was a success -- you can listen for yourself in the clip above.

So, will he call another game in 2017, or sometime in the future?

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Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: Pirates' Santana

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Pirates' Santana

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Glasnow throws down between-the-legs dunk

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Glasnow throws down between-the-legs dunk

You probably know Tyler Glasnow as a current Pirates starter, the team's No. 1 prospect and the owner of one of baseball's very best dads. This offseason, however, allow us to introduce you to a different Glasnow -- one who is apparently Vince Carter in disguise.

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Mike Petriello

Right fit in right field? Data supports moving McCutchen

-28 Defensive Runs Saved in center was lowest in baseball

Right fit in right field? Data supports moving McCutchen

We'll probably be awash in Andrew McCutchen rumors all offseason long, wondering if and when the Pirates might move him to Los Angeles or Washington or Seattle or wherever they may find a fit. But what if that's not the move we ought to be talking about? What if the right move is simply a few dozen feet to his left? Might the Pirates really be better off with McCutchen in right field?

We first heard rumors about this earlier in November, and on the surface, the fit is odd. Right field, after all, is generally where the strongest outfield arms end up, and McCutchen isn't particularly known for the strength of his throwing arm. Using the Statcast™ "competitive throws" metric, McCutchen's average of 85.8 mph was far lower than Starling Marte's 97 mph (the best in baseball), and slightly lower than Gregory Polanco's 86.6 mph.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After flooding, Bucs, Class A club aid W. Va. community

Pirates, Power help relief efforts during torrential downpour in summer

After flooding, Bucs, Class A club aid W. Va. community

PITTSBURGH -- Torrential downpours and flash floods pounded parts of West Virginia on June 23. The damage was catastrophic. 23 people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed and thousands of people were left without power.

When Ken Fogel saw the flooding, he knew the West Virginia Power had to help. So the Pirates' Class A affiliate, based in Charleston, went to work. They devised a plan that, with help from the Pirates, raised $50,000 toward flood relief efforts for the West Virginia region of the American Red Cross.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Unique bobbleheads highlight Bucs' promo slate

Unique bobbleheads highlight Bucs' promo slate

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates released their 2017 promotional schedule on Wednesday, highlighted by a depiction of a memorable moment that took place not on the field, but in the broadcast booth.

Pittsburgh's promotions and events schedule includes a "Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair," set to be given away on May 20. The item was inspired by the moment on June 29 when Walk, the former Pirates pitcher and current color commentator, tumbled backward out of his seat in the Bucs' booth. The accident was aired on ROOT Sports' telecast and went viral online.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Glasnow no sure thing for Pirates' rotation in 2017

Elite prospect must compete for a big league job in Spring Training

Glasnow no sure thing for Pirates' rotation in 2017

PITTSBURGH -- What's the plan for Tyler Glasnow?

The Pirates' top prospect made an up-and-down Major League debut this year, posting a 4.24 ERA in seven appearances (four starts and three relief outings) with 24 strikeouts and a 1.50 WHIP over 23 1/3 innings. He didn't stick in the Majors until mid-September, and even then his role was uncertain and his performance was uneven.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.