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Cubs trade Underwood Jr. to Pirates for 1B Shendrick Apostel

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Underwood had pitched for the Cubs for parts of the last three seasons. The Cubs announced a move today, trading right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. to the Pirates for minor league first baseman Shendrick Apostel. Underwood was a second-round pick of the Cubs in the 2012 draft, the first one conducted by the Theo Epstein-led team. Underwood made his major league debut in a start against the Dodgers in 2018, but the last two seasons he’s pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. In 30 career appearances with the Cubs, Underwood...

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Are Cubs looking to a post-Anthony Rizzo era in Duane Underwood trade?

The beginning of the week brought the end of the Duane Underwood Jr. era in Chicago when the Cubs designated the 26-year-old for assignment. Underwood is now headed to the Steel City in a trade for Pittsburgh Pirates first base prospect Shendrik Apostel. Underwood is a former second-round pick for the Cubs. At his ceiling, […] Are Cubs looking to a post-Anthony Rizzo era in Duane Underwood trade? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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After trade from Oakland, outfielder Dustin Fowler enjoying ‘fresh start’ with Pirates

After Dustin Fowler was traded to the Pirates for cash considerations, the outfielder is relishing his chance at earning a regular role.

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Padres: Local kid makes debut, tosses two perfect frames

El Cajon, CA native Joe Musgrove made quite the first impression on Padres fans Friday. The right-hander, who came over via trade from the Pirates this offseason, made his debut for his hometown team against the Giants, tossing a pair of perfect frames. He needed only 18 pitches to get through those two innings – […] Padres: Local kid makes debut, tosses two perfect frames - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Wil Crowe enjoying changes Pirates have made to his pitching plan

The Pirates knew they had work to do with Wil Crowe. This spring, the right-hander the Pirates got in the Josh Bell trade has been solid.

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New York Yankees @ Pittsburgh Pirates: Taillon’s revenge

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports After a winter trade, Jameson gets his first start-ish, against his former club The two things I was looking forward to this spring were previews of new Yankees Jameson Taillon and Corey Kluber. Both got their first work in earlier this week, and today, Taillon will get his first real start as a Yankee, working an exhibition match against his former club. You’ll remember Jameson threw seven pitches on Monday, including a strikeout on a great curveball down out of the zone. Hopefully, we’ll see more than those seven pitches today, and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates: David Bednar Has Closer Potential

The Pittsburgh Pirates received right-handed reliever David Bednar as part of the Joe Musgrove trade, could he be their closer of the future? One of, if not the biggest strength of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2013 through 2015 was their bullpen. Led by former All-Stars such as Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon and Tony Watson, it […] Pittsburgh Pirates: David Bednar Has Closer Potential - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Oneil Cruz Is a Slow Starter

The Pittsburgh Pirates are rebuilding and one of their top prospects is a notoriously slow starter.  There is no reason to panic if he gets off to a slow start in 2021. Back in 2017, the Pittsburgh Pirates closer was left-handed reliever Tony Watson, who at the trade deadline posted a 3.66 ERA.  There were some […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Oneil Cruz Is a Slow Starter - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Know your enemy: Colorado Rockies

The Rockies logo at Salt River Fields in Arizona | One thing’s for sure: Their fans were not happy with the Nolan Arenado trade. KEY ADDITIONS: Dereck Rodriguez, Austin Gomber, Greg Bird, C.J. Cron KEY SUBTRACTIONS: Nolan Arenado, Wade Davis, Matt Kemp, Daniel Murphy, Chris Owings, Kevin Pillar, David Dahl, Tony Wolters Remember that game I told you about in the Pirates “Know your enemy” article called “Name 3 Pirates”? You could probably do that for the Rockies, too. Oh, sure, you know Trevor Story, but he seems likely to be traded by the deadline. The trade...

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Colin Moran’s Potential Long-Term Future

Colin Moran has been trending upward since his arrival with the Pittsburgh Pirates, so could he be a long term answer at first base? Colin Moran is preparing to enter his fourth season with Pittsburgh Pirates. Acquired as part of the Gerrit Cole trade Moran was one of the Pirates’ primary answers at third base. […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Colin Moran’s Potential Long-Term Future - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Ranking the Prospects Acquired This Offseason

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired 11 prospects in their three big trades this offseason. So out of all of them, who is the best? This offseason has been an active winter for the Pittsburgh Pirates and general manager Ben Cherington as he swung three major trades. The first was sending switch-hitting first baseman Josh Bell to the Washington […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Ranking the Prospects Acquired This Offseason - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Canaan Smith-Njigba Is The Pittsburgh Pirates Long Term Left Fielder

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired four prospects in the Jameson Taillon trade, but may have acquired their long term left fielder in the deal. The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired 11 prospects in their three big trades this off season. Four of those players came over in the Jameson Taillon deal with the New York Yankees. While the […] Canaan Smith-Njigba Is The Pittsburgh Pirates Long Term Left Fielder - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: FanGraphs Ranks New Prospects In System

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired 11 players in three trades this offseason.  FanGraphs released their top prospect list for the club on Wednesday, here is how those players ranked. FanGraphs, a major analytical based baseball website, released their top 51 Pittsburgh Pirates prospect list on Wednesday.  Eric Longenhagen, the site’s lead prospect analyst, discussed how […] Pittsburgh Pirates: FanGraphs Ranks New Prospects In System - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: What Happens If Adam Frazier Is Not Traded

While trade rumors have swirled around Adam Frazier, he is still with the Pittsburgh Pirates. What happens if he is not traded before Opening Day? The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a busy offseason on the trade market. Starting pitchers Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon, as well as 2019 National League All-Star first baseman Josh Bell […] Pittsburgh Pirates: What Happens If Adam Frazier Is Not Traded - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Chad Kuhl Feeling Healthy

One starter for the Pittsburgh Pirates made his return from Tommy John surgery last season. He is coming into this season feeling healthy. Despite seeing his name come up in trade rumors all offseason, Chad Kuhl will again return to the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation in 2021.  After missing half of 2018 and all of 2019 […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Chad Kuhl Feeling Healthy - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates News: Team Acquires Former Top Prospect For Cash

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a trade with the Oakland Athletics for former top prospect Dustin Fowler in exchange for cash considerations. The Pittsburgh Pirates have added more outfield depth by trading cash considerations for Dustin Fowler. Fowler was formerly a top prospect for the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics. Rob Biertempfel of the […] Pittsburgh Pirates News: Team Acquires Former Top Prospect For Cash - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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A’s trade Fowler to Pirates

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/ The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Dustin Fowler from the Oakland A’s for cash Dustin Fowler has been traded from the Oakland A’s to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash, it has been announced today. Fowler had been designated for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40 man roster for Trevor Rosenthal. We talked about Fowler when the A’s DFA’d him — he’s a 26 year old former well regarded prospect who has not been the same since wrecking his knee in a collision with a wall in the first inning...

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Veteran Free Agents Who Could Help

Spring Training is starting to ramp up, but there are still some interesting free agents left. This is where the Pittsburgh Pirates could still add veteran pitching depth. The offseason is in its final weeks. Pitchers and catchers have already reported to Spring Training, but there’s still many different veteran free agents left on the […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Veteran Free Agents Who Could Help - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Potential Future Good Problem

The Pittsburgh Pirates have accumulated a lot of highly touted and talented young arms, this could cause a good problem in the future The Pittsburgh Pirates have brought in a wealth of talent this offseason. Between just their trades of Josh Bell, Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon alone, they brought in 11 prospects. Not to […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Potential Future Good Problem - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Adam Frazier has become an expert in ignoring trade talk

Adam Frazier has been a Pirates trade candidate for more than a year now. He’s used to the drill and more focused on performing in 2021.

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Richard Rodriguez Likely to be Moved

With Spring Training underway, Opening Day is right around the corner.  With that, the Pittsburgh Pirates might not be done with their roster. The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have a ton of pitchers on their roster, especially potential bullpen arms that the team will want to evaluate.  This also includes a potential trade chip.  Back before […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Richard Rodriguez Likely to be Moved - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Projecting the Starting Rotation Entering Spring Training

Throughout the offseason the potential starting rotation of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been in flux. Now with Spring Training upon us, and a recent free agent signing in the bag, let’s take yet another stab at projecting the team’s Opening Day starting rotation Tuesday afternoon pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training for the Pittsburgh […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Projecting the Starting Rotation Entering Spring Training - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Analyzing the Tyler Anderson Signing

Tuesday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their starting rotation with the addition of lefty Tyler Anderson On Tuesday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates, per Ken Rosenthal, signed free agent left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson to a Major League deal pending a physical.  Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the pact will reportedly earn Anderson $2.5M. The ex-Giant had […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Analyzing the Tyler Anderson Signing - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: A Failed Trade Overshadowed Finally Ends

At the 2018 trade deadline, the Pirates made a set of trades that didn’t pan out. Both acquired players are now no longer with the organization. The Pirates acquired Chris Archer at the 2018 trade deadline, and that trade has been a complete failure for the organization.  Archer has since signed back with the Rays […] Pittsburgh Pirates: A Failed Trade Overshadowed Finally Ends - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 Outlook: Reliever David Bednar

This offseason, Ben Cherington has been busy swinging trades and added players to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. One of the players that Cherington has brought into the organization is reliever David Bednar, who was one of the five players added in the Joe Musgrove trade. Bednar is a right-handed reliever who is originally from the […] Pittsburgh Pirates 2021 Outlook: Reliever David Bednar - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Stockwatch: Starting Pitcher Omar Cruz

The Pittsburgh Pirates brought in a ton of pitching prospects through trades this year. One of them was left-handed pitcher Omar Cruz. The Pittsburgh Pirates got a five player prospect package for Joe Musgrove from the San Diego Padres and New York Mets. While many turned their attention to outfielder Hudson Head and catcher Endy […] Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Stockwatch: Starting Pitcher Omar Cruz - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Low Risk, High Reward Free Agent Options

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a situation where they can take on low risk contracts without it hurting them and these three could be free agents on their radar. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the midst of a complete rebuild. Even if they are in teardown mode, they could still use a decent amount of […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Low Risk, High Reward Free Agent Options - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A strategy shift: Pirates push to revamp scouting structure

As the Pirates target younger players via trades, they’ve also started to revamp their scouting structure.

Suspension Worthy Reds-Pirates Brawl and 2019 MLB Trade Deadline Mistakes | Time to Schein

Adam Schein reacts to a brawl erupting between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates during a game on Tuesday night. Adam Schein also reviews 2019 MLB trade deadline mistakes.

Pirates trade Ivan Nova to the White Sox

The White Sox bolster their rotation by making a trade with the Pirates, acquiring veteran right-hander Ivan Nova About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists