Having hit just .231 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in a season he had to switch positions because he struggled making throws from third to first, Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez filed for a 2015 salary of $5.75 million while the team filed for $5.25 million.
Pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday to Bradenton, Florida. Though many players have been at Pirate City for a little while, today is what many consider the official “start” of the 2015 baseball season.
In a rare victory for a player against the club, Pirates right-handed pitcher Vance Worley won his arbitration case today, according to a source close to the case.
Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive run-scoring doubles in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Friday night to keep the pressure on NL Central-leading St. Louis.
The Pirates are acquiring quite the reputation for being a place washed up pitchers go to resurrect their careers, and on top of Pitching Coach Ray Searage, a big reason for that is pitching guru Jim Benedict.
It appears the Pirates’ starting pitching rotation will welcome back a familiar face this week.
Andrew McCutchen hit the first inside-the-park home run of his career and the Pittsburgh Pirates protected their lead in the NL wild-card race, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Wednesday night.
Josh Harrison hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Saturday in the conclusion of the series opener that was suspended due to rain.
The Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs game has been suspended by rain with one out in the top of the seventh inning on Friday.
Neil Walker hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates made it hold up behind starter Vance Worley, beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.
Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk joined Colin Dunlap Saturday on Bucco Talk.
Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez took some reps at first base during batting practice Friday.
Pittsburgh’s Gregory Polanco and Josh Harrison had three hits each and Vance Worley outdueled Ian Kennedy as the Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Friday night.
Andrew McCutchen drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the eighth inning, then was hit by a pitch in the ninth Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3.
Fresh off his 100-pitch, complete game shutout of the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, Pirates Starting Pitcher Vance Worley joined Starkey and Mueller to talk about that game and his season as a whole.