It was a quiet week in Orlando, but for a quartet of clubs, it was practically dead silent. We tracked the rumor mill -- and found a group that generated almost no buzz whatsoever. What does that say about each?
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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on whether he thinks Andrew McCutchen is still capable of playing center field in the big leagues for another year or two: "I do. As Neal (Huntington) and I have talked, our best outfield alignment moving forward in the next year will be Andrew in center, (Gregory) Polanco in right and (Starling) Marte in left.''
William Weinbaum ESPN
The baseball writers' choices for the Hall of Fame are due 12/31 & the results announcement is 1/24, but the people's choices re: Barry Bonds & Roger Clemens are in, according to a Seton Hall Sports Poll, released Tue. & 49% said no to the duo, 35% yes & 16% didn't know or had no opinion. 62% said they agree with HoFer Joe Morgan that players with a history of PEDs use don't belong in the HoF & 26% disagreed.
Buster Olney talks to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about Pittsburgh's offseason plans, the likelihood of an Andrew McCutchen trade and more.
Clubs like the Giants, Cardinals and Cubs have to move on to other key areas for improvement. What positions and players will they prioritize now?
With the Pirates unlikely to contend, and Pittsburgh having other younger possibilities for the outfield, it might be best to move McCutchen to a team where he can impact a pennant race.
Minnesota has reportedly put out feelers regarding a pair of starters and several relievers.
Pittsburgh will remain playoff hopefuls, even as the Pirates weigh decisions on whether and when to move Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole.
The Pirates could use bullpen help, but they really need offense, particularly power. One versatile free agent looks like a good fit.
Meadows among three added to Pirates' 40-man
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that OF Austin Meadows and RHPs Dario Agrazal and Luis Escobar were added to the team's 40-man roster on Monday. In addition, the Pirates traded INF Gift Ngoepe to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Pittsburgh is reportedly interested in a reunion with Neil Walker amid ongoing complications with Jung-Ho Kang's legal situation.
Keller grits one out in AFL
Pirates prospect Mitch Keller allowed only two runs (one earned) despite serving up nine hits in four innings for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. The 21-year-old picked up his fourth AFL win and sports a 1.52 ERA in the hitter-friendly league.
The Pittsburgh Pirates say Major League Baseball intends to discipline their director of Latin American scouting for rules violations, and the team announced it will not renew Rene Gayo's contract when it expires next month.
Tolman clubs HR in Arizona Fall League
Pirates second-base prospect Mitchell Tolman blasted a three-run home run as part of a four-RBI day during the Glendale Desert Dogs' 10-3 win over the Mesa Solar Sox on Monday.
The Pirates have a tough call to make with Andrew McCutchen a free agent next year, and the Blue Jays are in the same boat with Josh Donaldson. Which of the two is more likely to change uniforms this winter?
Bell continues to hit more than half of his balls in play on the ground, and that isn't going to work for him if he's going to maximize his ability. However, a power surge could be on the horizon.
The Bucs' top trade chips will be in demand, but dealing them won't necessarily mean missing the playoffs -- even as the team retools for the future.
Keller named AFL Pitcher of the Week
Pirates top pitching prospect Mitch Keller earned the nod after firing five innings of shutout ball while allowing just one hit for the Arizona Fall League's Glendale Desert Dogs last Monday. The right-hander has pitched at least three innings in each of his AFL starts and has allowed only three earned runs and four walks in 15 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .151 against him this fall.
The Pirates are on the backslope of their rebuild. Fans might be wondering about their second act now that they've missed the postseason in back-to-back years.
McCutchen didn't bounce back to his peak level, and much of his 2017 value came in June and July, when he tore it up. He'll be viewed strictly as a corner outfielder in free agency.
Andrew McCutchen and Manny Machado are free agents soon. Giancarlo Stanton is owed a ton of money. Will that lead to a winter of blockbuster deals?
Starling Marte was suspended for PEDs, Gregory Polanco's homers and stolen bases both halved, Tyler Glasnow's ERA quadrupled and the Pirates were never close.