With Spring Training less than a month away, it's time for an in-depth look at the Pirates' 2017 roster. This is the second of an eight-part series checking in on their current and future options at each position. Next up: first base.
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In his fifth year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, Barry Bonds appeared on 238 of the 442 ballots cast, for a total of 53.8 percent in voting results that were revealed on Wednesday.
The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday. Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.
With Spring Training less than a month away, it's time for an in-depth look at the Pirates' 2017 roster. This is the first of an eight-part series checking in on their current and future options at each position, starting with their catchers.
The Pirates added roster depth Wednesday when they signed first baseman and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to a Minor League contract. The deal included an invitation to big league camp at Spring Training as a non-roster player.
Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Would the Pirates give up a bundle of top prospects for Jose Quintana? Beat reporter Adam Berry addresses this and more in the latest Inbox.
Pirates pitchers call it a "vacuum." They throw a pitch down in the zone, maybe even just under the zone, and Francisco Cervelli's gloved left hand sucks it up.
Who do the Pirates have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Pittsburgh's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
The Bucs announced one-year deals with five of their arbitration-eligible players: Gerrit Cole, Jordy Mercer, Juan Nicasio, Drew Hutchison and Jared Hughes. Tony Watson is without a 2017 salary.
Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, MLBPipeline.com looks at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position, starting with the best right-handed pitching prospects.
The Pirates brought back Ivan Nova last month, signing him to a three-year, $26 million deal. The reunion bolstered Pittsburgh's young pitching staff, providing a mid-rotation starter capable of carrying innings with quality starts. But Nova also brings a degree of experience and leadership his fellow pitchers came to greatly appreciate down the stretch last season.
Josh Lindblom doesn't believe in coincidence. After the last six months and the past few years, how could he? Coincidence did not lead him here.
All week, Josh Bell has made his best sales pitch. His teammates file in to the Pirate City clubhouse, eat, shower, dress and leave after a morning of minicamp workouts. Bell follows the same routine, but he's added another wrinkle to his offseason work.
When Jameson Taillon walked into manager Clint Hurdle's office for his exit interview last season, he heard the warning: The sophomore slump is real.
Tyler Webb didn't make any plans for the Rule 5 Draft last month. More than anything, he was surprised the annual event took place so early -- beginning at 9 a.m. ET on the final day of the Winter Meetings. He followed the proceedings on Twitter while working out at the University of South Carolina, his alma mater.
Elias Diaz could barely hide his excitement about turning the page on 2016. "Definitely a tough year, but it's over. New year!" Diaz said, sitting in front of his locker at Pirate City. "[I'm] healthy. Let's see what's going to happen this year."
For baseball-starved fans in the midst of winter, the sound of catchers' gloves popping Tuesday morning was more than welcome. For the Pirates, so was the sight of Casey Sadler and Angel Sanchez on the mound.
Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
Offseason forecasts of any kind are a challenging exercise, and it's perhaps even more difficult to anticipate transactions, especially trades. But we'll stay within the realm of reality with the Pirates and boldly predict Pittsburgh will acquire left-hander Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox.
Austin Meadows doesn't know Andrew McCutchen all that well. When they played together in Spring Training two years ago, Meadows said he found McCutchen to be "humble and funny, a great guy for sure." Their history may be brief, but their futures appear to be intertwined.
The Pirates have invited an additional 19 non-roster players to Spring Training, a group headlined by a pair of top prospects -- outfielder Austin Meadows and shortstop Kevin Newman -- set to appear in Major League camp for the first time.
Jason Rogers will remain in the Pirates organization after being removed from the roster two weeks ago. Rogers was sent outright to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. The infielder was taken off the 40-man roster on Dec. 23 to clear a spot for right-hander Nefi Ogando. Rogers has been playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic for Tigres del Licey.
In this era of statistical enlightenment throughout baseball, defensive questions remain the most difficult to answer. But with the advent of MLB's Statcast™ tracking technology, the game has been flooded by more concrete data about outfielders' route-running, speed, reaction time and more. Let's use Statcast's tool's to grade Pittsburgh's outfield play in 2016.
Pittsburgh will enter the season with questions in the back of the bullpen. The difference this year is the more capable, versatile group the Bucs will have in front of the late-inning guys.
Nick Kingham finished the demanding rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery last year. He doesn't have to look far to find a perfect example for how to handle the next step.
Beat reporter Adam Berry answers questions from Bucs fans.
General managers and scouting executives voted Boston's Andrew Benintendi and the Cardinals' Alex Reyes as baseball's top position and pitching prospects, respectively, in the Pipeline Poll.
So where do the Pirates go from here?
Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang could be dropped from Korea's World Baseball Classic roster, the squad's manager told Yonhap News Agency.
The Pirates will head into next year intent on proving that this past season, when they fell far short of preseason expectations, was simply a setback -- a down year amid a run of postseason appearances. Two factors that will play into their turnaround are franchise player Andrew McCutchen and the rotation, which is led by Gerrit Cole.
The Pirates designated outfield prospect Willy Garcia for assignment on Saturday to make room for the recently re-signed Ivan Nova on their 40-man roster, the team announced.
This is Tim Raines' 10th and final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot, and the campaigning for Rock has been strong. But there will also be, inevitably, those among the candidates who never get that full run of chances. There is a host of one-and-dones through the decades of Hall of Fame voting, some more surprising than others. MLB.com takes a look at some of the players who missed the five-percent cutoff -- despite comparing favorably to certain Hall of Famers.