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The Pittsburgh Pirates completed their leadership makeover Wednesday, hiring Derek Shelton to be their new manager.

Shelton spent the past two seasons as the Minnesota Twins’ bench coach. This will be his first major league managerial job.

“I have known Derek for more than 15 years and have great admiration for his passion for the game and players, work ethic, curiosity and desire to learn,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said in a statement.

Shelton’s previous stops include a season as quality control coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 — his tenure overlapping Cherington’s stint as Toronto’s vice president of baseball operations — and seven years as a hitting coach with the Tampa Bay Rays. Shelton broke into the majors as hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians from 2005 to 2009, and he has managed in the New York Yankees’ minor league system.

Cherington added that Shelton “will help lead an elite playing and coaching environment at the major league level and be a true partner to all of baseball operations.”

Shelton, 49, said in a statement that he wants to facilitate a “player-centric culture built on strong communication and relationships with our players, our staff and the entire organization.”

He replaces Clint Hurdle, who was fired in September amid the franchise’s worst season (69-93) since 2010.

The Pirates hired Cherington to be their general manager earlier this month and named Travis Williams as their new president in October.

Shelton filled the eighth and final managerial vacancy, joining Joe Maddon (Angels), Joe Girardi (Phillies), David Ross (Cubs), Jayce Tingler (Padres), Mike Matheny (Royals), Carlos Beltran (Mets) and Gabe Kapler (Giants). Beltran was the only racial minority hired.

Shelton inherits a team that finished below .500 in three of the past four seasons, though the on-field product during a miserable 25-48 second half proved to be just part of Pittsburgh’s issues in 2019. Relievers Keone Kela and Kyle Crick were suspended for their roles in separate dustups with members of the team’s coaching and support staff. All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez was arrested in September on felony charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault of a minor.

Cherington said shortly after his hiring that the Pirates need to do a better job of continuing to develop players once they reach the major leagues. Owner Bob Nutting expressed frustration at seeing former Pirates prospects flourish elsewhere, including Rays outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow.

Amid the losing, there were bright spots. First baseman Josh Bell became an All-Star while hitting 37 home runs. Rookie outfielder Bryan Reynolds hit .314 and finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting, and shortstop Kevin Newman hit .308 in 130 games after being elevated to the starting role following an early season injury to Erik Gonzalez.

The pitching staff, however, is in tatters. Ace Jameson Taillon is out for 2020 after Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow for a second time. Pittsburgh finished with a team ERA of 5.18, next to last in the NL and 26th in the majors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chris Stratton has been a pleasant surprise out of the bullpen
There was a time when Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Chris Stratton was one of the best, if not the best, pitching prospect in the San Francisco Giants minor league system. After three inconsistent seasons with the Giants, Stratton was traded to the Los Angeles Angels on Anaheim in March of this year.

On May 7th, the Angels designated Stratton for assignment after he struggled to the tune of a 8.59 ERA, 6.20 FIP, 1.84 HR/9, a 12.5% walk rate, and 15.3% strikeout rate in 29 1/3 innings pitched. On May 11th, the Pirates swung a trade with the Angels after claiming him off waivers. Since joining the team, quietly, Stratton has been one of the team’s best relievers.

Stratton has logged 17 1/3 innings since joining the Pirates. He has posted a 3.12 ERA, 3.32 FIP, just two home runs, and a 15:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio (21.7% strikeout rate, 2.9% walk rate) since joining the club.

Most of the damage done against Stratton came in one inning. In the 8th inning of a blowout loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 15th, his second outing as a Pirate, Stratton took the hill in the 8th inning after having already pitched 3 innings. Stratton looked gassed, but was just trying to help get the Pirates to the end of a blowout loss while saving the bullpen.

In the bottom of the 8th inning that day Stratton allowed four of the six runs he’s surrender as a Pirate and both home runs. Outside of this one inning, Stratton has been fantastic with Pittsburgh.

A big reason for Stratton’s success has been the spin rate on his pitches. According to Baseball Savant, the spin rate on his fastball this season is in the 91st percentile. His curveball spin rate has been even better falling in the 99th percentile.

These two pitches have turned Stratton into a strong bullpen option for the Pirates. He also brings value to the Pirate ‘pen because he can pitch multiple inning outings in addition to your tradition 1 inning outings.

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Since joining the Pirates, Stratton’s ERA has dropped to 6.56 and his FIP to 5.13. If he continues to pitch the way he has, these numbers will continue to trend in the right direction. He will also continue to be a strong bullpen option for the Pirates.

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The deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft is today. What will the Pirates do?

The deadline for protecting players from the Rule 5 draft is 11/20 at 5 PM and the Pirates have some work to do. As new general manager, Ben Cherington, works out who to protect, let’s go over some options.

For those of you who don’t know, I’ll first go over the basic rules of the Rule 5 draft. Players that meet the following criteria are eligible for the draft.

Signed by the team at 18 years of age and has five years of experience.
Signed by the team at 19 years of age and has four years of experience.
To protect those players from being taken in the Rule 5 draft, the team must place them on the 40-man roster. That is the deadline we’re talking about. The caveat to that is, if a player is taken, they must be put on the active roster for the entire season, or they are offered back to the original team.

With that said, I’m going to go over some players the Pirates MUST protect, and some they might want to so that they are not plucked from their system.

MUST Protect
Ke’Bryan Hayes, Will Craig, Cody Ponce, James Marvel, Oniel Cruz, Blake Cederlind

Now, when I say “must” protect, I’m not necessarily making a case that that any of the six players above are too talented to lose. I’m mostly saying that, if those six players are not on the 40-man roster by the end of the day, they will be taken in the Rule 5 draft. I also believe they should protect those six. Considering where the Pirates’ are right now, losing young talent would be quite frustrating.

Inside of that list, Hayes, Craig, and Cruz are the most obvious locks. Cederlind could be a borderline guy, but I would think a team out there would feel fine with him being in their bullpen this season, and the Pirates cannot afford to lose pitchers.

MIGHT Protect
Lolo Sanchez, Ike Schlabach, Hunter Owen

This list is could be much longer. These would be guys who probably are not ready for the majors, but an opportunistic, rebuilding team might be willing to sacrifice an active roster spot in favor of their potential.

Lolo Sanchez is the name on here that I’d hate to see go. He has elite speed and defensive skills and his bat has been coming along. He’s at least two, probably three, years away from being ready to contribute at the major league level, but his potential is real and could be enticing to a cellar-dweller.

One name to watch as someone I would be surprised to see the Pirates protect, but should be an intriguing target for teams looking to bolster their bullpen is Cam Vieaux. He’s been pretty solid through each stop in the minors.

For context, the Pirates currently have 39 of the 40 roster spots accounted for. So, in order to protect more than one of the players mentioned, corresponding moves will need to be made. I’d expect guys like Dorvydas Neverauskas, Williams Jerez, and Yacksel Rios to be among those in consideration to make room.

We will keep you updated as moves are made.

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Cody Ponce, who was acquired by the Pirates via trade this year, is pitching for Team USA in the Premier 12 tournament.

The 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 tournament is underway. The tournament is serving as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics with one spot available to the top finisher in the Americas and another to the best of Asia/Oceania. Cody Ponce, a Pirates’ AAA pitcher, started team USA off right Saturday – leading the team to a 9-0 win over the Netherlands.

Ponce started the game and went five innings – allowing only three base runners and no runs. He also struck out five. None of three base runners allowed made it beyond second base as Ponce made short work of the Dutch lineup.

Ponce has had a pretty busy fall as he has just finished up playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. He pitched well there too – 23 innings while allowing 26 hits and walks. He struck out 27 and posted a very respectable 2.35 ERA.

A newcomer to the Pirates, Cody Ponce has rebounded nicely in the fall following a pretty disappointing start in the Pirate organization after being acquired via a trade before the July 31 deadline in exchange for Jordan Lyles. Ponce pitched 18.2 innings for the Indianapolis Indians – posting a 5.30 ERA.

While with the Brewers, Ponce was used almost exclusively as a reliever. However, the majority of his appearances since the trade, both during the minor league season and the fall league, have been as a starter.

One thing I really like about Ponce is his strikeout rate. He average 10 Ks per nine innings in 2019, and that number has been getting better as Ponce has gotten older.

Cody Ponce’s time pitching for team USA will be something to watch as we get into the winter. We will provide some periodic updates.

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On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated four players for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster. Who else could get DFA’d this offseason?
The MLB offseason is now in full swing. With that, teams had to add players to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft by this past Wednesday. This led to the Pittsburgh Pirates adding five players – Blake Cederlind, Cody Ponce, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Oneil Cruz, and Will Craig – to their 40-man roster.

Prior to adding these five players to the roster the team’s 40-man roster was at 39. Due to this, the team needed to designate four players for assignment to make room on the roster. Dario Agrazal, Luis Escobar, Montana DuRapau, and Williams Jerez were the four players who were DFA’d by the team.

With the Pirates’ 40-man roster now full that raises the question of which players could be next to be DFA’d? In order to add anyone in free agency or via the Rule 5 Draft, the Pirates will need to designate someone for assignment. Also, if they add a player via a trade that does not send a player currently on the 40-man roster to the other team in return, they will also need to make a roster move.

So, who are other candidates to be designated for assignment by the Pirates this offseason?

Most of the obvious DFA candidates, as is often the case, are pitchers. Relievers Chris Stratton, Dovydas Neverauskas, Sam Howard, and Yacksel Rios are all candidates to be DFA’d this offseason.

Stratton is out of minor league options and will have to clear waivers if he fails to make the team out of Spring Training. Neverauskas has never been able to find consistent success at the MLB level, and Howard and Rios were both DFA’d by other organizations in the last calendar year for a reason.

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Two under the radar candidates to be designated for assignment are infielder Kevin Kramer and catcher Elias Diaz.

Kramer has long been a highly touted prospect in the Pirates’ system, but he owns a .152/.222/.165 slash line and a 41.1% strikeout rate in 90 MLB plate appearances across the past two seasons. While 90 PAs is just about the smallest of sample sizes, Kramer was also a poor hitter at Triple-A last season. Additionally, it is tough to find a spot for him in the Pirates’ middle infield equation with Kevin Newman having locked up a spot and the team remaining high on Cole Tucker. Adam Frazier is a factor there, too.

As for Diaz, like Stratton, he is out of minor league options. So is fellow catcher Jacob Stallings. The Pirates need to add a catcher this offseason and will likely pair Diaz or Stallings with that catcher. Stallings looks like the far superior option to Diaz at this point, making Diaz a legitimate DFA candidate.

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Please remember that all of these Atlanta Braves deals, and these mentioned concerning other teams, are simulations, not actual trades or signings.

In Thursday’s post, I noted that the simulated deal sending Johan Camargo to the Orioles left Charlie Culberson as the Atlanta Braves only utility player. On Friday, I filled that void by signing Brock Holt to a two-year, $5M deal.

The multi-talented Holt started his professional career as a Pirate but spent his whole Major League career as the Swiss Army Knife on the Boston Red Sox. Over the last two seasons in Boston, Holt batted .286/.366/.407/.772, with a .336 wOBA and 106 wRC+ while playing everywhere except pitcher and catcher.

I spent a good deal of the remainder of the day unsuccessfully trying to negotiate with the Mariners for Mitch Haniger.

Their GM never said what he wanted other than good prospects; after several offers said they were out. I think he was waiting for me to offer a whole lot more than I feel Haniger is worth so he could get a win. I had more success in landing a starter.

Atlanta Braves make a simulated pitch for Joe
After contacting the Rockies about German Marquez and Jon Gray, and being told they were not available, I entered a long discussion with the Pirates about simulated deals for Gregory Polanco and Joe Musgrove.

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I had a deal pending to move Ender Inciarte and saw Polanco as a replacement, but the Inciarte deal disappeared when the other team moved on. After a protected negotiation – really long – I completed the simulated acquisition of Musgrove in exchange for Kyle Wright, Touki Toussaint, Greyson Jenista, and Alex Jackson.

Some asked on Twitter what players I saw as being worth an apparent over-pay: Musgrove was on that list.

Last season the Atlanta Braves unsuccessfully attempted to land Matthew Boyd. Musgrove was as good or better than Boyd (depending on your favorite stat) while pitching on a team stumbling from one major problem to another and pitching to a talented but inexperienced catcher.

Mike Soroka 21 4.8 4.0 3.24 3.4 2.68 14 41 142 .280 79.9% 51.2% 11.1%
Joe Musgrove 26 4.0 3.3 3.59 3.77 4.44 21 39 157 .299 63.2% 44.5% 11.7%
Matt Boyd 28 3.7 3.3 3.93 4.35 4.56 39 50 238 .307 74.4% 35.6% 18.2%
(Statistics from Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus)
The price for Musgrove hurt. No one loves Kyle Wright more than I, but Musgrove’s under team control for two years and relatively inexpensive at $3.4M. Most importantly, he proved he can pitch at the highest level, take the ball every five days, and give his team a chance to win.

Having sent a series or relief pitchers and starters away, I began filling the void by acquiring RHRP Justin Shafer from Toronto in a simulated deal for cash considerations. Shafer threw 39-1/3 inning for Toronto this year, striking out 39 and pitching to a 3.86 ERA. He’ll begin the season at Gwinnett.

That’s a wrap
The simulated acquisitions over the last two days make the roster stronger and the rotation better. Holt has a history of providing sound defense wherever he plays, and Musgrove fits nicely in the rotation.

Musgrove should enjoy greater success with Roberto Perez behind the plate and our defense behind him, not to mention a clubhouse atmosphere that plays together instead of fighting each other.

I’ve arranged for Josh Donaldson and Musgrove to have a pillow fight and settle any remaining issues between them.

The simulation continues until 10:00 eastern time tonight; I have two deals in the works that will change the look of the roster if I’m able to complete them.

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With already completing a trade to in this year’s MLB FanSided offseason simulation, it was time to head to the free agent market to find a way to improve the team.
For the last few years, the MLB Division at FanSided has put together an offseason simulation with the sites playing General Manager. I am in charge of the Pittsburgh Pirates offseason simulation this year. Each team has been able to submit trades to one another as well as trying to bid on free agents.

Yesterday, I discussed my trade with the Philadelphia Phillies (Phillies TBOH). The trade had the Pittsburgh Pirates sending outfielder Starling Marte and reliever Keone Kela to the Phillies. Coming back to the Bucs in the deal was a package of four prospects, including three who are close to MLB ready. The list included top pitching prospect Adonis Medina, outfielder Adam Haseley, catcher Deivy Grullon, and infield prospect Kendall Simmons.

While the trade made with the Phillies was supposed to help bring in talent that will help in a shorter time frame, the team still needs plenty of help. When looking at the free-agent market, I thought it was important to not just add some starting pitching depth, but some quality starting pitching depth. On top of that, it was important to find a quality left-hander for the rotation, something the team has been missing in the last few years.

So as General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates I extended a reasonable, two-year contract offer to free-agent pitcher Wade Miley. Miley was getting a lot of one year offers and so the second year was a big part of getting a deal done. Financially speaking, the deal was worth $17.5 million or, $8.75 million per season. A two-year deal seemed like a perfect fit on the Pittsburgh Pirates end of things. This gives them a quality lefty to help compete and win games with a growing team. Also, he would be back for 2021 when the team projects to really compete.

Starting Pitcher Career Numbers: 85-82, 4.23 ERA, 7.15 K/9, 49% Ground Ball Percentage

Wwith it being a two-year deal, it is a relatively safe deal to make. He would be easy to flip in a trade if he was not performing well enough, or if he was really performing well and a team was looking to get a starter with contractual control. Really, the contract made a lot of sense from all angles in terms of team success or value of a solid, left-handed starter.

Miley pitched for the Houston Astros last season and was with the Brewers in 2018. Over the last two years, Miley has had somewhat of a career resurgence. In 2018 he was really impressive in his 16 starts with the Brewers posting a 2.57 ERA. He followed it up with a 3.98 ERA with Houston this past season. While he regressed some, he still put up a strong season and if he repeated those results he would be worth $8.75 million per season.

With Miley slotting into the rotation, it gives some extra flexibility to potentially deal one of the starters. With the change over in management, it might be the time to just move on from Chris Archer. He is owed $9 million this upcoming year and has an option for 2021. Miley has been much better than Archer the last two seasons and would essentially replace him at a cheaper rate. To say the least, there has been a decent bit of interest for Archer by other FanSided GM’s so it seems likely that a deal will be struck.

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Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Clay Holmes said he doesn’t blame Eugenio Suarez for getting mad.

Suarez is having another fine season for the Cincinnati Reds, already up to 14 home runs and 39 RBIs after totaling 34 and 104 last year.

The last thing he needs is an injury when he’s hit by an errant pitch. But Holmes’ first pitch of the eighth inning Wednesday hit him in the left hand.

“Nobody enjoys getting hit,” Holmes said, “but at the same time there were no bad intentions behind it from me.”

After getting hit, Suarez walked to the mound, not necessarily to fight. Rather, he was on a fact-finding mission.

“He asked me if it was intentional,” said Holmes, the son of an Alabama preacher. “I told him it wasn’t. Kind of cleared that up.

“It’s not something I want to be known as. I was not trying to hit him. Not trying, for sure, to hurt anybody, ever. It was the first pitch of the inning. It slipped, got away from me. Unfortunately, it hit him.”

Yet the incident stirred more hurt feelings between the Pirates and Reds, coming a month after the teams’ benches and bullpens emptied when the Pirates’ Chris Archer threw behind Derek Dietrich.

After Suarez, who was uninjured, calmly walked to first base, apparently satisfied there no malice in the Holmes’ heart, Reds manager David Bell angrily confronted home plate umpire Cory Blaser and got himself ejected.

Later, Bell said of the Pirates, “We knew they’ll do it intentionally. I was doing what I could to protect our players. Clearly, we’re not going to get protected, so we have to do whatever we can. We have to take matters into our own hands.”

Reds pitcher Jared Hughes, who played for the Pirates from 2011-16, told The Athletic he agrees with Bell’s accusation that the Pirates intentionally throw at batters.

“Yeah, I think so for sure,” Hughes said. “Is it something that I saw when I was there? Yeah.”

Predictably, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle declined to get drawn into the controversy.

“I haven’t kept up with all of it,” he said before the game Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. “The interesting part of the game is always how people watch and they view it, because we can watch the same game and have different opinions and different thoughts.

“It’s third-person for me,” he said when asked about Hughes’ remarks. “I don’t read. It’s personal opinion. More often than not, we get very reactionary when things happen, and feelings and facts can be confused.

“But those men have their opinions, and they desire to express them. My opinion, I’m keeping to myself.”

For the record, Pirates pitchers hit 22 batters in the first 54 games this season (16th in MLB). The Reds are next with 21. Holmes has hit three in 13 innings, which leads all Pirates relievers.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault said the situation could have ended badly, but players remained calm on the field.

“The one thing I do believe, this is still a game and people getting hurt (because of a purposeful act) over playing a game is ridiculous,” he said. “I don’t like it that much, but I understand protecting your teammates and making sure it doesn’t happen again.

“They figured it out, which is why we didn’t fight. I thought it was very mature of (Raisel) Iglesias (the subsequent Reds pitcher) to come in and just throw his inning and not hit anybody and end it there. I appreciated that.”

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pirates have exercised the options on the contracts of Starling Marte and Chris Archer for the 2020 season.

“Starling is an all-star caliber center fielder who impacts the game in all phases,” said interim General Manager Kevan Graves. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring him back in 2020 following his excellent 2019 season. We are encouraged about the progression Chris [Archer] made in the second half of last season and look forward to him being a part of our rotation in 2020.”

The Pirates also reinstated Archer, Nick Burdi, Kyle Crick, Chad Kuhl, Jason Martin, Gregory Polanco, Edgar Santana, and Jameson Taillon from the 60-day injured list.

James Marvel, Alex McRae, Yefry Ramirez, and Wei-Chung Wang have been released off of the roster.

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Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Dave Parker’s remarkable Major League Baseball career and battle with Parkinson’s disease will be the subjects of a 90-minute “MLB Network Presents” documentary titled “The Cobra at Twilight,” set to debut on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. on MLB Network.

Former Cincinnati Reds player Dave Parker greets fans at Redsfest at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati Friday, December 1, 2017.

Former Cincinnati Reds player Dave Parker greets fans at Redsfest at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati Friday, December 1, 2017. (Photo: The Enquirer/Meg Vogel)

It will be narrated by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and long-time Parker fan Chuck D.

Parker graduated from Courter Tech High School in 1970 and still lives in Cincinnati. He has worked often with young players at the Reds Urban Youth Academy in Roselawn.

More from a press release from MLB Network:

MLB Network Presents: The Cobra at Twilight features new interviews with Parker and his wife Kellye, several of Parker’s former teammates and managers, including Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Tony La Russa and Barry Larkin, plus Eric Davis, Phil Garner, Pete Rose, Gary Sheffield and Kent Tekulve, as well as former Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famers Tony Dungy and “Mean” Joe Greene. Each speaks to Parker’s on-field dominance and brash, outsized personality that had teammates calling him “the Muhammad Ali of baseball,” and how Parker’s landmark contract in 1979 that averaged $1 million per season earned him intense scrutiny from both media and fans.

Parker is among nine former Major League Baseball players and one executive on the 10-name Modern Baseball Era ballot – to be reviewed and voted on Dec. 8 – for 2020, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced earlier this month.

Parker hit .281 with 107 home runs and 432 RBIs in four seasons for the Reds from 1984 through 1987. He was a two-time All-Star for the Reds and finished second in National League MVP voting in 1985 and fifth in 1986.

Parker hit .290 with 339 home runs and 526 doubles in 19 MLB seasons. He won the National League MVP award for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1978.

Parker revealed in 2013 that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and his Cobra Classic Golf Outing raises funds for Parkinson’s research. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014.