Hall of Fame Says No Wahoo


The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members.  Former Cleveland slugger Jim Thome says he wants a block ‘C’ logo on his plaque when it’s unveiled in July.


Nova Bucs Opening Day Starter


Ivan Nova will be the Pirates’ Opening Day starting pitcher at Detroit March 29, but it’s unclear is he will remain with the team throughout the season.  Nova is owed $8.5 million in each of the next two seasons as part of a $26 million, three-year contract.


Players Association Files Grievance


The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the Marlins, Athletics, Rays and Pirates, accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money.  The collective bargaining agreement states “each club shall use its revenue-sharing receipts…in an effort to improve its performance on the field” and prohibits use of that money to service debt not related to improving on-field performance.


Bucs Acquire All-Star Dickerson


The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.  28-year-old Dickerson hit .282 with 27 homers, 33 doubles and 62 RBI for Tampa Bay last season.


Bucs Sign Outfielder


The Pirates signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract and invited him the spring training.  The 31-year-old was an All-Star in 2016 but batted just .202 last season.


Tribe Adds Reliever


The Cleveland Indians agreed to a minor league contract with free-agent reliever Carlos Torres.  Torres pitched in 67 games last season for the  Milwaukee Brewers, going 4-1 with an ERA of 4.21.


Pirates Trade For Reliever


Left-hander Josh Smoker has been traded from the Mets to the Pirates for minor league lefty Daniel Zamora and cash.  Smoker went 1-2 with a 5.11 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings over 54 relief appearances last year.