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Bell gets $4.8 million raise on busy day for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell’s breakout season earned him a hefty pay bump going into 2020. Bell will make $4.8 million this season after agreeing to a deal ahead of Friday’s arbitration deadline. The 27-year-old hit .277 with 37 home runs and 116 RBIs while ...

Pirates tab Rabelo as assistant hitting coach

PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Mike Rabelo will be joining Manager Derek Shelton’s staff as the assistant hitting coach for the 2020 season. The announcement was made by General Manager, Ben Cherington. The 39-year-old Rabelo spent the 2019 season ...

Sherlock added to coaching staff

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Monday that Glenn Sherlock was named a Major League coach. The announcement was made by General Manager Ben Cherington. Sherlock brings over 35 years of professional baseball experience to the Pirates, including 24 in the National League. He ...

Kelly added to staff

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — Don Kelly, who got his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2007, was hired on Saturday as bench coach for the 2020 season under new manager Derek Shelton. Kelly, 39, spent last season as the first-base coach for the Houston Astros, who lost to ...

Shelton optimistic about his Pirates

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton’s garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October. A 49-year-old baseball lifer ...

Pirates, C Diaz part ways

PITTSBURGH — Catcher Elias Diaz will not return to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the club declined to offer him a contract for the 2020 season Monday. The 29-year-old Diaz inherited the starting job last season while Francisco Cervelli dealt with a concussion before being released in August. ...

Pirates hire Shelton as manager

PITTSBURGH — Derek Shelton is the new manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team announced the hiring on Wednesday. Shelton replaces Clint Hurdle, who was fired on the final day of the season following a second-half collapse that dropped the Pirates to a last-place finish in the NL ...

Pirates trade Agrazal to Tigers

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have acquired right-hander Dario Agrazal from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. The Tigers announced the deal Monday. The 24-year-old Agrazal made 14 starts and one relief appearance for the Pirates last season. He went 4-5 with a 4.91 ERA. The Tigers also ...

Pirates tweak roster

The Pirates added top third base prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes to their 40-man roster Wednesday, along with first baseman Will Craig, shortstop O’Neil Cruz and pitchers Blake Cederlind and Cody Ponce. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Bucs designated for assignment pitchers Dario Agrazal, ...

Ready to go to work: Pirates new GM not intimidated by finances

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first. The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be ...

Vazquez receives additional charges

The Associated Press GREENSBURG — Suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez is facing additional charges stemming from an alleged illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl. Authorities in Westmoreland County filed 21 new charges against Vazquez on Tuesday, including 10 ...

Clemente’s widow dies at age 81

Vera Clemente, the widow of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, has died, the team announced Saturday. She was 81. Vera Clemente was considered by many in the industry to be a strong ambassador for the sport. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera ...

Pirates’ general manager switch will impact Curve in big ways

Firing GM Neal Huntingdon was the appropriate move for the Pirates, without question, but it may not have been the best thing for the Curve. That might not mean much to a lot of fans who only care about the success of the big league club. But if you’ve become spoiled by watching a great ...

Marte, Archer returning

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have exercised their 2020 options on pitcher Chris Archer and center fielder Starling Marte. Archer is scheduled to make $9 million next season and Marte $11.5 million following Pittsburgh’s decisions Monday. A 31-year-old ...

Pirates trade Markel to Angels

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates traded right-handed pitcher Parker Markel to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for cash considerations Thursday. Markel went 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 relief appearances in 2019 with the Pirates. Royals hire Matheny KANSAS CITY, Mo. ...

New president believes Pirates can be a winner

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The new president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is confident owner Bob Nutting is committed to winning. Travis Williams, who succeeds Frank Coonelly on Nov. 1, says his job is to put the right people in place to help the Pirates climb back into contention. ...

House cleaning complete

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington, Frank Coonelly and Clint Hurdle sparked a baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh. The general manager, team president and charismatic manager helped a moribund franchise emerge from two decades of losing to briefly become a contender. Beginning in 2016, however, ...

Pirates part ways with president Coonelly

PITTSBURGH — Frank Coonelly’s 12-year run as president of the Pittsburgh Pirates is over after another losing season. The club announced Wednesday that it is parting ways with Coonelly effective immediately. The team said Coonelly’s replacement will be introduced on Monday. He helped ...

Firing, arrest cap woeful year

The 2019 season was an unmitigated disaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and ultimately, manager Clint Hurdle’s firing Sunday was a change that needed to be made. On and off the field, the Pirates endured more calamity in a six-month stretch than many teams do in a decade. This season ...

2019 Pirates highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates season: Final record: 69-93 Final National League Central Division finish: Fifth place, 22 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals Most noteworthy facts: Clint Hurdle’s tenure as manager of the ...