CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 5:  Jason Rogers #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers takes a breather in the dugout against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 5, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Pirates acquire Jason Rogers from Brewers for Keon Broxton and Trey Supak

The Pirates announced tonight that they’ve acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for both outfielder Keon Broxton and minor league pitcher Trey Supak. Rogers was fairly impressive in his first expanded run of playing time with the Brewers last year, hitting .296/.367/.441 with six doubles, two triples and four homers, one of […]

BRADENTON, FL - MARCH 5: Alen Hanson #63 of the Pittsburgh Pirates turns a double play in the ninth inning of the game against the New York Yankees at McKechnie Field on March 5, 2015 in Bradenton, Florida. The Yankees defeated the Pirates 2-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Alen Hanson and the Neil Walker trade (plus: the 2016 ZiPS projections!)

In the immediate aftermath of the Neil Walker trade last week, I wrote that I thought that a straight comparison of Walker to Niese was not necessarily a fair assessment of the trade. Walker, after all, will be replaced on the field and in the lineup by (mostly) Josh Harrison, while Niese will be filling […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24:  Juan Nicasio #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the sixth inning against the New York Mets on July 24, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pirates sign Juan Nicasio

The Pirates just announced this afternoon that they’ve signed reliever Juan Nicasio to a one-year deal (they’ll retain the right to offer him arbitration in 2017, since he’s a Super-Two), and this is about the most Pirate-Like signing I can imagine them making this winter. Nicasio struck out exactly 25% of the hitters he faced […]

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets celebrates in the locker room with his teammates after defeating the Chicago Cubs in game four of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Mets defeated the Cubs with a score of 8 to 3 to sweep the Championship Series.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Trading Neil Walker does not mean the Pirates are playing for 2017

As the Neil Walker trade talks heated up and eventually boiled over this afternoon, I suddenly saw a lot of Pirate fans on Twitter saying that they felt like the Pirates were “playing for 2017.” I wondered out loud where that idea had started (I’ve been keeping up with trade rumors this week, but not […]

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers hits a double in the top of the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on February 27, 2014 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

A belated Winter Meetings Preview, of sort

We’re about to head into the after-dinner portion of the first day of the 2016 Winter Meetings, so I guess this is the latest possible moment to write a preview post about the Pirates at this year’s meeting. There have been plenty of rumors regarding the Pirates already — we know that

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Pirates non-tender Pedro Alvarez

The Pedro Alvarez era in Pittsburgh has ended. The Pirates decided to non-tender Alvarez as last night’s midnight deadline to make offers to arbitration-eligible players approached, meaning that Alvarez is officially a free agent. Besides Alvarez, the Pirates also non-tendered Jaff Decker while offering contracts to each of their other arbitration-eligible players. There was a […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after giving up a two-run home run in the third inning during the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

A long ways from the place where we are

“Love’s pure free joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan-shark prices.”  ― David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks The Pirates were not better than the Cubs tonight. I could (and will) go on. Gerrit Cole did not hit his spots tonight and as talented as he is, he’s […]

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 24:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 24, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

2015 NL Wild Card Game Preview: Finding a way

Here is a partial list of opposing pitchers that have started games won by the Pittsburgh Pirates this year: Max Scherzer Clayton Kershaw (2x) Jake Arrieta The Pirates faced Zack Greinke once and lost to him. They did not face Jacob deGrom. The only other pitcher likely to finish in the top half of NL […]

There is a small amount of business remaining before the playoffs begin

The reaction to the Cardinals NL Central clinch on Wednesday night kind of weirds me out. There was an immediate Charlie Morton backlash, followed by a collective Pirate fan panic that the Cubs are going to catch the Pirates this weekend and switch the Wild Card Game from PNC Park to Wrigley Field. It is […]

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on September 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

A (mostly meaningless) double-header

It’s hard to imagine a more distressing visual than this: the Cardinals clinch the division at PNC Park in an afternoon game in front of a partially empty stadium caused by a game scheduled on 16 hours notice. I said this yesterday and I’ll say it again right now: I don’t think this actually matters, […]

of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the St Louis Cardinals during the game at PNC Park on September 28, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In which we accept Jake Arrieta in the Wild Card Game as an inevitability

I said this before last night’s game, but I’ll repeat it here briefly: the reason that the Pittsburgh Pirates will not win the NL Central this year doesn’t lie solely on last night’s loss, because if I asked you to pick through the season and name a dozen losses that stick out in your mind […]

This is game one of one

You as a Pirate fan likely have a lot on your mind. Can the Pirates win tonight? Can they somehow win tomorrow with Charlie Morton scheduled to start? If they do sweep the Cards to tie the division, can they actually beat the Reds enough to give that meaning? What if the Pirates and Cards […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 12: Gregory Polanco #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates scores on a two RBI single against Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning during the game at PNC Park on July 12, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

These are the stakes

There is no team in baseball that fully understands the stakes of a division title vs. the Wild Card Game quite like the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2013, the Pirates won 94 games and opened the post-season with a rousing 6-2 defeat of the Reds in the Wild Card Game. It was incredible — an emotional […]