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98-64, 2nd in NL Cent
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Keep an eye on Jung Ho Kang

Kang's recovery from September knee surgery is still ongoing, and the Pirates hope to have him back in April. How he moves in spring training should help determine when he'll be ready to return. Bell: Injury comebacks to watch

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First Hall class still reigns supreme

When it comes to baseball's Hall of Fame, no class tops the inaugural 1936 group that included five of the sport's greatest legends: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson. Schoenfield: Top 5 HOF classes

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When will Josh Bell get the call?

The Pirates' top prospect reportedly isn't a candidate to start the season with Pittsburgh but could get promoted this year to help at first base. MLB rumors roundup

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How Alvarez stays with the Pirates

If the National League employed designated hitters, Pedro Alvarez would have likely remained in Pittsburgh. Instead, the slugger who's twice hit 30 homers in a season remains a free agent due to his terrible defense. DH candidates for NL teams

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Cervelli looking to stay with Pirates?

Sources close to Francisco Cervelli say that the catcher is open to remaining in Pittsburgh once he enters free agency after the 2016 season, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. MLB rumors roundup

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Positive timetable bump for Kang?

Jung Ho Kang suffered gruesome injuries to his knee and lower leg after getting tangled up in a slide tackle. The original projection for his return date was May or June -- has that now been bumped up? Injury updates (Insider)

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Arroyo decision expected this week

Bronson Arroyo has reportedly been linked to discussions with the Reds, Nationals, Marlins, Pirates and Padres. A move to Washington would reunite Arroyo with Nats manager Dusty Baker, who he played for in Cincinnati. MLB rumors roundup

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Pirates have a good thing going with Cole

Tony Blengino peeks into the crystal ball to make some educated guesses regarding the futures of MLB's top pitchers. Gerrit Cole's stats are comparable to those of strong players, but how will he hold up in the long run? What's next for breakout pitchers (Insider)

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Manfred hits brakes on potential NL DH talk

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN that he did not mean to give the impression during his comments at last week's owners meetings that NL clubs want to adopt the designated hitter.

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Liriano's slider still one of the best

He might not get as much attention for the pitch as he did when he first came up with the Twins, but Francisco Liriano's wipeout slider still grades as one of the top offerings among starters in the game. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)

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MLB should retire Roberto Clemente's number

The time has come for Major League Baseball to honor Roberto Clemente and retire his No. 21 for all teams and for all time.

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Pittsburgh facing challenge in 2016

Although the Pirates should still have one of the best teams in the majors, according to Buster Olney, keeping up with the Cubs and Cardinals in the NL Central will prove even more difficult for manager Clint Hurdle this year. Top 10 teams (Insider)

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Jackson makes sense for the Pirates

Pittsburgh could use a solid veteran outfielder to serve as injury insurance, which is why Jim Bowden sees the Bucs as a logical fit for Austin Jackson. Fits for free agents (Insider)

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Pirates boast a sound defense

In terms of defensive positioning, no team is better than Pittsburgh, Buster Olney writes. Led by their excellent outfield trio, the Bucs have one of the strongest groups of defenders in the game. Top 10 defenses (Insider)

Pirates avoid arbitration with five more

Pittsburgh announced one-year deals with Mark Melancon, Jordy Mercer, Francisco Cervelli, Tony Watson and Jared Hughes, in addition to a previously reported deal with Jeff Locke. Chris Stewart, who remains unsigned, is reportedly working on a two-year deal with the team.

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Gregory Polanco open to an extension

The Pirates outfielder told reporters that he would consider signing a long-term deal with the team. "Whatever offer they bring, I'll check it out. I'll never say never," Polanco said. MLB rumors roundup

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Pirates thrive with 'weird offense'

Pittsburgh's lineup might not hit many homers or do anything dynamic, but the group, led by Andrew McCutchen, features many good hitters. The Bucs just miss the cut on Buster Olney's list. Top 10 lineups (Insider)

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LHP Locke, Pirates agree to $3,025,000

Left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,025,000, a raise from $531,000.

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Are the Pirates a fit for Allen Craig?

Buster Olney wonders if Craig, who is no longer on the Red Sox's 40-man roster given his struggles since being traded to Boston, could be an option for Pittsburgh if he shows signs of bouncing back. Olney's blog (Insider)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2609th
On Base Percentage.3239th
Slugging Percentage.39621st
Earned Run Average3.212nd
Quality Starts926th

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