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Pirates sign OF Michael Saunders

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training.

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Freese: Pirates need greater urgency to win

Third baseman David Freese said "the demand to win just hasn't been in the air" for the Pirates, adding that the team needs a greater sense of urgency and accountability.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Según un informe policial adquirido por ESPN, Ana Isabel Soto, de 72 años, madre del receptor de los Piratas, Elías Díaz, fue rescatada ayer a las 6:30 p.m. del sector Ancon Bajo en Maracaibo, Estado Zulia. El informe dice que fue rescatada de sus captores en buenas condiciones físicas; sin pagar dinero por su rescate. Se arrestaron a varias personas implicadas con el secuestro, incluidos miembros del departamento de policía local. Se continúa la búsqueda de algunos sospechosos.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

According to a police report acquired by ESPN, 72-year-old Ana Isabel Soto, Pirates catcher Elias Diaz's mother, was rescued yesterday at 6:30pm from the area known as sector Ancon Bajo in Maracaibo, Estado Zulia. The official report says she was rescued from her captors in good physical condition; without paying ransom. Several individuals were arrested in connection with the abduction, including members of the local police department. A few suspects remain at large.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

A friend from Venezuela sent me this picture of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz's mom after she was saved from her captors / Un amigo de Venezuela me envió esta foto de la madre de Elías Díaz después de ser liberada tras su secuestro ¡Enhorabuena!

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RHP Geltz among 4 banned for drug violations

Former Tampa Bay pitcher Steve Geltz, currently on Philadelphia's Triple-A roster, was banned 100 games after a third positive test for a drug of abuse. Three other minor leaguers drew 50-game suspensions.

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Reports: Mother of Pirates' Diaz kidnapped

The Pirates said they were "shocked and deeply concerned" after reports that the mother of catcher Elias Diaz was kidnapped in Venezuela.

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Bonds' No. 25 to be retired by Giants in August

Barry Bonds, who spent 15 of his 22 seasons with the Giants while slugging an MLB-record 762 home runs, will have his number retired by the team in 2018.

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Mets trade Josh Smoker to Pirates

Left-hander Josh Smoker has been traded from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league left-hander Daniel Zamora and cash.

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Pirates LHP Turley banned 80 games for PEDs

Pirates left-handed pitcher Nik Turley has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

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Payroll cuts concern union; MLB not worried

The MLBPA has expressed concern that teams are not spending revenue-sharing proceeds to improve play. Major League Baseball said it's not worried about any violations.

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Keith Law's 2018 ranking of all 30 farm systems

With a budding superstar in the outfield and a crop of talented pitchers coming through their system, nobody can top the Braves' collection of prospects right now. Which teams finished behind Atlanta on the list?

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens saw only a minimal increase in their percentages -- up to 56.4 percent for Bonds and 57.3 for Clemens. They have four years left on the ballot and while they continue to fare well with new voters, the old-timers remain more entrenched as anti-steroid voters and I don't know if they have enough momentum to get to 75 percent.

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Pirates sign closer Rivero to four-year contract

The Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract that runs through the 2021 season. The deal includes club options for 2022 and 2023.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.16725th
On Base Percentage.28619th
Slugging Percentage.23322nd
Earned Run Average7.0424th
Quality Starts0Tied-1st