Pirates Tony Watson Hires Scott Boras

Now it’s almost certain that Tony Watson’s days in a Pirates uniform are numbered.

Considering he’s a free agent after the season and with the fact that the 32-year old has pitched a bunch of innings the last few years (3rd most appearances in the majors since 2014) its highly unlikely the Pirates would pony up what Watson will be looking for come December.

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Perrotto: Gifted Youngster Bell Showing Power Potential

Josh Bell did not drop by the maternity ward of Allegheny General Hospital to deliver gifts and wave to new-born Pirates’ fans Thursday after helping power his team to a 10-4 victory over the Washington Nationals earlier in the afternoon at PNC Park.

The rookie switch-hitting first baseman is shown doing just that on an AGH commercial that airs during Pirates’ game telecasts on ROOT Sports. It’s a cute spot, though Bell hasn’t seen it yet.

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Jung Ho Kang Loses Appeal

The chances of Jung Ho Kang wearing a Pirates uniform this year took a major hit.

Today, a South Korean court dismissed an appeal by Kang of an eight-month suspended prison sentence. This charge stems from an incident in December when Kang crashed his car into a guardrail and then fled the scene.

It was determined that Kang was drunk with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, which is higher than Korea’s legal level of 0.05.

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Perrotto: Pirates’ Inability to Field Three Outfielders is Embarrassing

PITTSBURGH — In the latest bit of Pirates’ bad news, right fielder Gregory Polanco was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday night’s 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals at PNC Park.

Polanco being sidelined by a strained right hamstring means only one of the three members of the Pirates’ celebrated outfield is on the active roster. That is Andrew McCutchen, who is hitting just .214 with six home runs and a .679 OPS in 38 games even after going 2-for-4 with a two-run single Wednesday.

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Perrotto: Even In Decline, McCutchen Deserves More Respect

PITTSBURGH — The move, for the most part, went unnoticed.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a double switch at the start of the eighth inning Tuesday night, bringing in left-hander Wade LeBlanc in to pitch and rookie Jose Osuna in to play left field.

Hurdle also shifted Adam Frazier from left field to center field and removed center fielder Andrew McCutchen from the game. The score was just 6-4 at the time in a game the Pirates would go on to lose 8-4 to the Washington Nationals.

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