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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pirates and left-handed closer Felipe Rivero finalized a $22 million, four-year contract that includes two club options. Rivero converted 21 of 23 save opportunities last season.
The Pirates traded 5-time All-Star Andrew McCutchen to the Giants for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. Pittsburgh also will send San Francisco cash to cover part of McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary.
The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Bucs receive right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.
Josh Bell hit a two-run homer, Gregory Polanco also went deep as the Pirates completed a two-game interleague series sweep of the Orioles, 5-3. The Bucs wrap up the season with a four-game series in Washington beginning tonight. (11-14) Ivan Nova faces (5-6) Edwin Jackson. Join the OVSN at 6:40 for the pregame.
Andrew McCutchen hit a grand slam and drove in eight to lead the Pirates past the Orioles 10-1. McCutchens eight RBI is one off the franchise record and most by a Pirate since Jason Day in 2004. Starter Trevor Williams struck out six, giving him 116 on the season, the most by a Pirates rookie since Paul Maholm in 2006. The Bucs host the Birds again tonight. (7-11) Chad Kuhl faces Gabriel Ynoa. Join the OVSN at 6:40 for the pregame.
The Pittsburgh Pirates return to action tonight as they host the Baltimore Orioles. (6-9) Trevor Williams faces (11-10) Kevin Gausman. Join the OVSN at 6:40 for the Bucco pregame.