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  • Pirates' Jack Suwinski: Hoping to improve against lefties

    Suwinski has worked on shortening his swing against left-handed pitching this offseason, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    Suwinski had a positive overall season in 2023, posting a .793 OPS with a 112 wRC+ and .341 wOBA across 534 plate appearances. However, his OPS tumbled to .608 and he had only eight extra-base hits in 132 plate appearances against lefties. He's made adjustments to try to improve in that regard, though it's unclear if the Pirates will give him consistent run without the platoon advantage, as Bryan Reynolds is capable of shifting to center field while Connor Joe could enter the lineup against southpaws.

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  • Pirates' Oneil Cruz: Making first spring start

    Cruz (ankle) will start at shortstop and bat leadoff in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

    Cruz didn't play Saturday in the Pirates' 5-3 loss to the Twins in the spring opener, but he'll be back in action for his first start at shortstop since April 9, when he suffered a fractured left ankle that required season-ending surgery. The 25-year-old reported to spring training at full strength and will look to get in as many game reps as possible to prepare himself for Opening Day on the heels of a lost season.

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  • Pirates' Mitch Keller: Draws Opening Day nod

    Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Thursday that Keller will serve as the club's Opening Day starter March 28 in Miami, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Shelton's announcement was seemingly a foregone conclusion after Keller signed a five-year, $77 million contract extension -- the largest for a pitcher in franchise history -- just hours earlier. Though Keller is the Pirates' No. 1 starter, he likely profiles as more of a depth arm for most fantasy pitching staffs after he went 13-9 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 210:55 K:BB in 194.1 innings over his 32 starts a season ago.

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  • Pirates' Mitch Keller: Nabs five-year contract extension

    Keller agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Pirates on Thursday, Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of report.

    Keller avoided arbitration for 2024 with a one-year, $5.44 million contract last month, but the new deal cancels out that agreement and will take effect beginning this season, per Alex Stumpf of The deal is worth $77 million in total and will buy out what would have been the first two years of Keller's free agency. Keller, who turns 28 in April, is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he won 13 games while posting a 4.21 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 210:55 K:BB across 194.1 innings covering 32 starts.

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  • Pirates' Oneil Cruz: At full speed in camp

    Cruz is participating without restrictions in spring camp, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    Cruz was able to play in only nine games before fracturing his left fibula in 2023. After suffering a few setbacks, he's been able to participate fully in all fielding and batting drills. Manager Derek Shelton has acknowledged that Cruz is battling some rust, so the team plans to get him more live reps as the spring progresses. He'll be locked in as the Pirates' starting shortstop so long as he remains healthy in 2024.

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  • Pirates' Luis Ortiz: Flashing improved changeup

    Ortiz has shown good movement on his changeup and sinker early in camp, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    Ortiz had some hype heading into the 2023 season, but he fell flat and ended up spending a significant amount of time at Triple-A Indianapolis. He relies heavily on his fastball, sinker and slider, so developing another offering could be a key to him taking a step forward. Early on in camp, Ortiz has shown a greater comfort level throwing his changeup, and he drew a whiff with the pitch from Oneil Cruz in a live batting practice session Monday. He'll be battling for a spot in the rotation along with Roansy Contreras, Quinn Priester and Bailey Falter this spring.

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  • Pirates' David Bednar: Remaining closer

    Bednar remains the Pirates' closer after the team signed Aroldis Chapman this offseason, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    Bednar has posted three consecutive excellent seasons with the Pirates, and he's served as the closer for the latter two. It therefore hardly comes as a surprise that he's locked into the role in 2024, but manager Derek Shelton went out of his way early in camp to make clear that Bednar is first in line for saves.

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  • Pirates' JT Brubaker: Lands on 60-day IL

    The Pirates placed Brubaker (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Monday, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    The transaction frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Canaan Smith-Njigba, who is back with his original organization. Brubaker is slated to be sidelined until around midseason as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Returns to Pittsburgh

    The Pirates claimed Smith-Njigba off waivers from the Mariners on Monday.

    Smith-Njigba will make his return to Pittsburgh after the Pirates previously dropped him from the 40-man roster earlier this month before the Mariners scooped him up off waivers. With Seattle designating him for assignment less than two weeks later, however, Smith-Njigba was able to reclaim a 40-man spot in Pittsburgh, after the Pirates opened up room for the outfielder Monday by placing JT Brubaker (elbow) on the 60-day injured list. Smith-Njigba should join the Pirates for big-league spring training, but he has a minor-league option remaining and will most likely be sent to Triple-A Indianapolis before camp comes to a close.

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  • Pirates' Marco Gonzales: Ready to pitch

    Gonzales (forearm) is healthy to begin spring training, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    Gonzales managed only 10 starts and 50 innings in 2023 before undergoing surgery to address a forearm issue. He was then traded twice this offseason but figures to settle into being either the second or third starting pitcher in Pittsburgh behind Mitch Keller and potentially Martin Perez. In addition to his rehab, Gonzales also went to Driveline during the offseason to work on regaining the feel on his cutter while attempting to pick up some added velocity.

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  • Pirates' Chase Anderson: Invited to Pirates camp

    Anderson signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Saturday and received an invitation to big-league spring training, Robert Murray of reports.

    Anderson logged a 5.42 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 86.1 innings between the Rays and Rockies last season. The 36-year-old right-hander hasn't turned in a season with an ERA below 5.00 since 2019 (4.21), making him an unreliable fantasy option even if he were to make the Pirates' roster out of spring training.

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  • Pirates' Johan Oviedo: Lands on IL

    The Pirates placed Oviedo (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

    Oviedo is set to miss the entire 2024 season after he underwent Tommy John surgery in December, so his move to the IL is merely a procedural one. The transaction opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for left-hander Josh Fleming, whom the Pirates signed to a one-year deal Wednesday.

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  • Pirates' Endy Rodriguez: Moved to 60-day IL

    The Pirates placed Rodriguez (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.

    The transaction is a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Yasmani Grandal, whom the Pirates signed to a one-year contract. Grandal is projected to slot in as the primary backup to top catcher Henry Davis while Rodriguez is set to miss the entire 2024 season after undergoing surgery in December to repair the UCL and flexor tendon in his right elbow.

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  • Pirates' Josh Fleming: Signs one-year deal with Pittsburgh

    Fleming signed a one-year, split contract with the Pirates on Wednesday, Robert Murray of reports.

    The 27-year-old will earn $850,000 if he's in the majors. Murray writes that the Pirates plan to use Fleming as a long reliever who could occasionally make a spot start. The left-hander holds a career 4.88 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 144:69 K:BB across 223.1 major-league innings covering parts of four seasons.

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  • Pirates' Yasmani Grandal: Joins Bucs

    Grandal and the Pirates agreed Sunday on a one-year, $2.5 million contract, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Grandal will make the move back to the National League after spending the past four seasons with the White Sox. The 35-year-old lost playing time down the stretch last season and and finished with a .234/.309/.339 slash line over 405 plate appearances. Though he was once an upper-tier fantasy catcher, Grandal is clearly on the downside of his career, as he's posted a lowly 74 wRC+ over the past two seasons. In Pittsburgh, Grandal projects to see a couple of starts per week behind the plate as young backstop Henry Davis' primary backup. The switch-hitting Grandal has typically performed better against left-handed pitching throughout his career, so he could also be deployed as a short-side platoon option at first base or at designated hitter.

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  • Pirates' Connor Sadzeck: Headed to Pittsburgh

    Sadzeck signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Feb. 2.

    Sadzeck was at Triple-A St. Paul in the Twins organization last season, holding a 5.40 ERA and 42:26 K:BB over 35 frames. The 6-foot-7 right-hander will give Pittsburgh some right-handed relief depth at Triple-A Indianapolis.

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  • Pirates' Kade McClure: Nets MiLB deal from Pittsburgh

    McClure signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Feb. 3

    McClure, who turns 28 next week, held a 5.79 ERA and 13:11 K:BB over 23.1 frames at Triple-A Sacramento in the Giants organization in 2023. He has not appeared in a major-league game.

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Player Injury
E. Rodriguez C Endy Rodriguez C Elbow
J. Oviedo SP Johan Oviedo SP Elbow
A. McCutchen DH Andrew McCutchen DH Achilles
J. Brubaker SP J.T. Brubaker SP Elbow
M. Burrows SP Michael Burrows SP Elbow

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