12/10/2013 | Bucs in contact with Burnett, exploring other options
Time has been ticking away for months, but the ticking is getting louder and louder for the Pirates and A.J. Burnett as the offseason lingers. The club has been respectful of the veteran pitcher's pending decision to retire or not, but now that the Winter Meetings have arrived, they also have been working on a separate track to seek out a starter in case he does hang up his jersey after 14 years.
12/10/2013 | Prospect Polanco likely to begin '14 in Minors
While the Pirates are now headed toward filling right field internally, general manager Neal Huntington indicated it's likely top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco will not be in that role come Opening Day.
12/10/2013 | Club 'comfortable' with Mercer as starting shortstop
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team is "comfortable" going into 2014 with Jordy Mercer as the primary shortstop, although he remains on the lookout for some backup help there.
12/10/2013 | Bucs seek first-base help, may stick with G. Sanchez
The Pirates' search for a first baseman for 2014 continues to play out in the market at the Winter Meetings, but the possibility remains that the position might wind up being filled internally. That means Gaby Sanchez could be manning first base on March 31 and beyond, regardless of who's on the mound for Pittsburgh's opponent.
12/10/2013 | Melancon, Liriano, Bucs honored with GIBBYs
The Pirates' stirring 2013 campaign was named Storyline of the Year at the 2013 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, one of three GIBBYs presented to the organization Tuesday. Left-hander Francisco Liriano earned Comeback of the Year honors and reliever Mark Melancon won Setup Man of the Year.
12/9/2013 | Waiting on Burnett, Bucs work on contingency plan
With first base and right field on the wish list but not necessarily considered absolute needs, the Pirates still have the burning issue of whether right-hander A.J. Burnett will return or retire -- working on a contingency plan of pursuing a veteran starter if it's the latter.
12/9/2013 | Trio of Pirates experiences available in SU2C Auction
Do you want to be on the field during batting practice, meet Clint Hurdle and watch a game from a suite with 14 of your friends? You can bid on that package and more to support Stand Up To Cancer in MLB's online auction.
12/8/2013 | On eve of Winter Meetings, Bucs eye upgrades
The Pirates reached the postseason for the first time since 1992 this past season, and now they're going to Disney World -- that is, to work toward doing it again in 2014. The Bucs are headed to baseball's annual Winter Meetings, which begin Monday.
12/6/2013 | First base, right field on Bucs' wish list at Meetings
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has a couple areas of need that he'll be looking to address at the Winter Meetings, specifically at first and in right.
12/6/2013 | Winter League roundup: Lambo keys Lara sweep
Pirates outfielder Andrew Lambo was one of seven Lara starters with two hits in Game 2 of a doubleheader sweep over Margarita.
12/4/2013 | Next year's Draft deeper, packed with pitchers
Though the Astros still have seven months to determine whom they'll take at No. 1, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon has established himself as the frontrunner. Owner of a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon topped NCAA Division I with 184 strikeouts last spring and led the Wolfpack to their first College World Series appearance in 45 years.
12/3/2013 | As Meetings approach, Bucs consider options
The Pirates finished over .500 for the first time in two decades and made their first postseason appearance since the early '90s. With that hurdle cleared, the next question is obvious: How do they keep it going?
12/2/2013 | Pirates mourn passing of 24-year-old outfielder
Minor League outfielder Evan Chambers passed away in his sleep over the weekend, leaving the Pirates organization in mourning over the loss of a talented player and beloved teammate.
12/2/2013 | Bucs acquire Stewart to serve as Martin's backup
Catcher Chris Stewart, acquired by the Pirates from the Yankees on Monday, projects as the backup for old Bronx Bombers teammate Russell Martin.
12/2/2013 | Yanks free space by dealing Stewart to Bucs
The Yankees cleared space on their roster on Monday by trading catcher Chris Stewart to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named.