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Patricia Beninato

Being The Guy vs Being A Guy

Is it better to be a big Pirate or a small Yankee? Jameson Taillon’s about to find out. | Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

In the wake of the (not entirely unexpected) Jameson Taillon trade on Sunday morning, which came on the heels of the January 18th Joe Musgrove trade, I found it telling that the two pitchers who were expected to be the Pirates’ one-two punch on the starting rotation were now delegated to probable fifth starters on their new teams.

Musgrove, as has been bandied...

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Pirates Sign Joe Hudson To Minor League Deal

The Pirates announced Monday that they’ve signed catcher Joe Hudson to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Hudson, 29, spent the 2020 season with the Mariners and appeared in nine big league games, going 3-for-17 with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in 20 trips to the plate.

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Robert Kelley

Will new prospects earn quicker promotions?

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With the Pirates in the midst of a major reconstruction project, it’s only natural for fans to wonder how long it’s going to take until the club is ready to contend once again. Some who follow the team like to put actual dates on it, saying that while the upcoming 2021 campaign is likely to result in a woeful won-loss record – perhaps even 100 or more losses – brighter days could be arriving by 2023.

But is that realistic, given the tack that Ben...

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Gerrit Cole encouraged Yankees to trade for Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees acquired Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday in exchange for four prospects. It appears one Bronx Bomber encouraged the move.

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Pirates GM Ben Cherington: We will now focus on adding to our team

The Pirates perennially run one of the league’s lowest payrolls, and there’s no reason to expect any high-impact acquisitions at the start of a rebuild.

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Pirates Designate Troy Stokes For Assignment

The Pirates are designating outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. for assignment, per Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic (Twitter link). Stokes was claimed off waivers from the Tigers earlier this month.

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Yankees acquire Jameson Taillon from Pirates for four prospects

The Yankees announced that they have worked out a deal to acquire right-hander Jameson Taillon from Pittsburgh for prospects.

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Patricia Beninato

Pirates Trade Jameson Taillon to Yankees for 4 Prospects

Farewell, Obi-Wan Taillon. | Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

First, it was Josh Bell on Christmas Eve.

Then it was Joe Musgrove last week.

The rumblings about Jameson Taillon being the next ritual sacrifice trade started on social media Friday night and got louder all day yesterday, so it came as no surprise when ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Pirates had indeed made the deal.

The New York Yankees have acquired Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Miguel Yajure, Roansy...

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Pirates trade Jameson Taillon to Yankees for prospects

The Yankees acquired Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for prospects Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikel Escotto, and Canaan Smith.

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Yankees Acquire Jameson Taillon

The Yankees have acquired right-hander Jameson Taillon, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (Twitter link).  The Pirates will receive four prospects in return.

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Jameson Taillon’s departure seems to be imminent

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As I write this article on Friday afternoon, I realize the risk I’m taking in dedicating an article to the potential transpiring of a trade involving Jameson Taillon. With how the Pirates’ front office has moved thus far this offseason, it could be the case that Taillon has already been traded before this article is scheduled to go live Sunday. Alas, if you’re reading this, Taillon is still a Pirate – for now.

Much has been made recently about...

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Yankees reportedly have trade interest in Jameson Taillon

The Pirates have already traded Josh Bell and Joe Musgrove this offseason. Taillon is coming off Tommy John surgery and could be the next player to go.

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Tigers To Sign Derek Holland

Derek Holland is a Detroit Tiger, he announced via his Twitter bio. The veteran lefty will join the Tigers on a minor league deal, per Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press (via Twitter).

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Could Jameson Taillon be the next Pirates player on the block?

Joe Musgrove now gets his paychecks from the San Diego Padres, and Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, so it’s only natural that someone step into the void as the “next Pirates player to be traded.”

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MLB Trade Rumors: Jameson Taillon Likely to Be Next Pirates Player Moved

As the Pittsburgh Pirates continue their quest to shed payroll, starting pitcher Jameson Taillon appears to be the next player who will be traded. Per MLB ...

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A look at some of the Pirates’ remaining trade chips

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsWith the trading of Joe Musgrove earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now in full out teardown mode.

This is not a bad thing. The Pirates are nowhere near contending and need to stockpile as much young talent as possible. Replenishing the farm system is a start. The hope for the Pirates and their non-spending owner is to hit on some of these prospects and build a young, cheap, and successful roster. This offseason has been the start of that process....

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Cherington’s stockpile

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Earlier in the week, the Pirates traded another piece away: This time it was Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres. Coming to Pittsburgh is a slew of prospects: OF Hudson Head, P Omar Cruz, P David Bednar, P Drake Fellows, and C Endy Rodriguez (via New York Mets).

While I am admittedly not as versed in other organizations’ farm systems, certain optics of this trade seemed positive. For those aggrieved, what could the expectation have been...

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Rays Sign Yacksel Rios To Minor League Deal

The Rays have signed right-hander Yacksel Rios to a minor league contract, agent Gavin Kahn announced Thursday (h/t: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times).

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Patricia Beninato

Bucs Dugouts Asks (Kind Of)

Take a chance, take a chance, take a chance on me ... | Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Okay, you didn’t ask me directly, but this question came up in the comments on Brett Barnett’s latest article and I’ll take what I can get.

From lazy fan (their chosen name):

at this point as a Pirates fan I am more interested as to why all acquisitions are RH pitchers and Middle Infielders than their possible metrics.

It’s no secret that Ben Cherington likes his right-handed pitchers. It’d be...

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Musgrove heads to San Diego for prospects

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The Pirates made another move to add prospects to the system Monday, sending Joe Musgrove to San Diego in a three-way deal that also involved the New York Mets.

Several media outlets reported the deal, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The top prospect in the deal would appear to be outfielder Hudson Head, ranked No. 7 in the Padres system according to MLB Pipeline and No. 8 according to Baseball America.

Also coming from San Diego...

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