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Poll: Who is the Pirates’ #9 prospect?

So far:

Mitch Keller, RHP Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B Cole Tucker, SS Oneil Cruz, SS Travis Swaggerty, CF Will Craig, 1B Kevin Newman, SS Kevin Kramer, 2B

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What's left for Bucs to achieve this offseason?

The Pirates addressed a couple of glaring needs before setting up shop this week at the Winter Meetings, and their offseason work continued at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. There is still work to be done in the two months before Spring Training begins.

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Alex Stumpf

Bucco Breakfast: Revisiting Jordy Mercer’s Most Clutch Games as a Pirate

Yesterday, Jordy Mercer agreed to a deal with the Detroit Tigers, ending his professional relationship with the only franchise he has ever known.

Mercer may not have been one of the best players over the last five or six seasons, but he still played a role in snapping the losing season streak. He’s a good guy with a young family, so good for him for getting paid.

So to honor his 6.095 service years in a Pirates uniform, these are the games where his bat helped the team the most, based on...

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Hurdle sees '19 Bucs to have untapped potential

Manager Clint Hurdle believes there's untapped potential everywhere on the Pirates' roster, which is why he thinks Pittsburgh can contend in the loaded National League Central next season.

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Young Bucs duo eyes SS with Mercer to Tigers

For the first time since 2013, the Pirates' Opening Day shortstop will be someone other than Jordy Mercer. General manager Neal Huntington is still looking for an upgrade as the Winter Meetings draw to a close, but he and manager Clint Hurdle continue to speak highly of recently acquired infielder Erik Gonzalez and rookie Kevin Newman.

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Rule 5 draft and general discussion thread

I’m posting this now because the last Winter Meetings thread is getting awfully long. Feel free to use this as a general thread as well as one for the draft tomorrow.

The Rule 5 draft takes place at noon ET Thursday. As of the time I’m writing this, they don’t appear to have made the Jordan Lyles signing official, so they could draft a player and clear a roster spot later once Lyles signs. That puts them in a position where they can just wait and see whether anybody interesting is...

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Report: Tigers to sign Jordy Mercer

The Tigers have reached a deal with free agent shortstop Jordy Mercer, per Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman (Twitter link). The contract is a one-year deal, according to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, who reported earlier Wednesday that Mercer and the Tigers were in talks. Mercer is represented by the Boras Corporation. The one-year deal will pay Mercer $5.25M in guaranteed salary, according to Heyman, with another $250K available in incentives. The 32-year-old Mercer will be switching teams for...

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Jason Rollison

Bucco Breakfast: Cervelli Next?

The Pittsburgh Pirates woke up on Tuesday. What will today bring?

The Pittsburgh Pirates lulled us all to sleep on Tuesday morning before jolting us forward and grabbing our interest once again. What’s next?

Will the Pittsburgh Pirates trade Francisco Cervelli next?

It’s a completely valid question after Neal Huntington gave everyone the ol’ right there Fred by setting observers up with a bout of GM Speak only to bring over the right hand, trading Ivan Nova for a rookie league pitcher...

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Pirates exploring the use of an opener in '19

Shortly after completing the trade that sent right-hander Ivan Nova to the White Sox, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington acknowledged that Pittsburgh has discussed the possibility of filling his rotation spot with an "opener" and an innings-eating "follower," a strategy that turned out to be surprisingly successful for the Rays last season.

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Pirates to sign Jordan Lyles

The Pirates are reportedly in agreement on a deal with right-hander Jordan Lyles. Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter)reported that the sides were close, with Jon Heyman of Fancred tweeting that a deal was in place pending a physical. Terms are not yet known. This move seems to represent a bid to backfill the Bucs’ pitching depth after trading Ivan Nova in a just-announced deal with the White Sox. Lyles likely won’t be promised a rotation spot in Pittsburgh, but he could...

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Jason Rollison

Pittsburgh Pirates sign RHP Jordan Lyles

As per Joel Sherman, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to signing RHP Jordan Lyles.

UPDATE: The signing now appears to be official

#Pirates in agreement with free-agent RHP Jordan Lyles, pending medical review, sources tell The Athletic.

— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 11, 2018

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been active today, and the club is not done yet.

Hear Jordan Lyle is close to signing with the #Pirates, who just traded Nova.

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11,...

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MLB Winter Meetings: White Sox land Ivan Nova in trade with Pirates

The Pirates are getting pitching prospect Yordi Rosario in return

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Nova reportedly dealt to White Sox

The Pirates opened a spot in their starting rotation by agreeing to trade veteran right-hander Ivan Nova to the White Sox on Tuesday, an industry source confirmed to MLB.com.

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Reports: White Sox acquire Nova from Pirates

The White Sox have acquired right-hander Ivan Nova from the Pirates, according to reports.

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White Sox to acquire SP Ivan Nova from Pirates

Ivan Nova went 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA for the Pirates last season.

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MLB Winter Meetings: White Sox reportedly land Ivan Nova in trade with Pirates

Nova will provide a veteran presence in Chicago's rotation

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Pirates reportedly will send Ivan Nova to White Sox

Didn’t see this coming. No other details yet. It’s apparently not final yet, either.

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Jason Rollison

Bucco Breakfast: Huntington speaks at Winter Meetings

Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington spoke to assembled Pittsburgh media at the Winter Meetings yesterday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were pretty quiet on day one of the 2018 Winter Meetings. It just so happened that Neal Huntington also used the first day to talk to assembled Pittsburgh media. Adam Berry of MLB.com had a thorough write up, but let’s hit the high points:

Just listening

Huntington reinforced the belief that his club is under no real impetus to swing a deal for...

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Why Huntington turned down Giants' big offer

Neal Huntington had his family's blessing. The Giants reached out earlier this offseason and expressed interest in making him their new president of baseball operations, sweeping him out of a smaller market and trusting him to run a franchise that won three World Series earlier this decade.

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Poll: Who is the Pirates’ #8 prospect?

No overwhelming favorite in the last one. The current list:

Mitch Keller, RHP Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B Cole Tucker, SS Oneil Cruz, SS Travis Swaggerty, CF Will Craig, 1B Kevin Newman, SS

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