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Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reports that the Oakland Athletics are prioritizing a bullpen upgrade and have shown interest in Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Richard Rodriguez. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez has been the subject of trade rumors and is expected to be moved to a contender by the Pirates before the MLB trade deadline on July 31st. He’s been excellent this season as the Pirates closer, converting 14-of-17 save chances along with a 2.82 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts across 38 1/3 innings. If traded to Oakland, Rodriguez would compete with Lou Trivino for save opportunities, hindering his fantasy value. Stay tuned.

Category: Rumors


John Nogowski went 1-for-4 with an RBI double Sunday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Nogowski drove in the Pirates' only run on Sunday with a double in the first inning. The mid-season acquisition is batting an even .300 this season with one homer and 12 RBI in 80 at-bats. He should continue seeing playing time for a poor Pirates team.

Category: Game Recaps


JT Brubaker (4-10) took the loss Sunday against the Giants, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk across four innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Brubaker hit the showers early after allowing two runs, both via LaMonte Wade solo homers. Brubaker was pulled after just 69 pitches. In 96.1 innings this season, Brubaker has a 4.67 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and a 99:23 K:BB. He is definitely 'streamable' in the right matchup, and this one against the Giants was not ideal. He lines up to face the Phillies next weekend.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded 2B/OF Adam Frazier and $1.4 million to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Tucupita Marcano, Jack Suwinski, and Michell Miliano. (Source: Rob Biertempfel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Frazier was one of the best available bats on the trade market and won't be a free agent until after the 2022 season. He leads the league in hits and will give the Padres both infield and outfield depth. Frazier is slashing .324/.388/.488 with four homers, 32 RBI, 58 runs scored, and five stolen bases across 428 plate appearances in 2021. The 29-year-old will see a reduced role in San Diego, but fantasy managers should continue to roster Frazier and monitor how the Padres utilize their new acquisition in the upcoming weeks.

Category: Transactions


Kevin Newman went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored Saturday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Newman delivered a two-RBI single in the fifth inning and followed that up with an RBI single in the ninth. These big offensive games for Newman have been few and far between this season. Overall, he's batting .216 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 31 runs scored in 329 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps


Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored Saturday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco delivered a solo homer, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI single in a productive game Saturday. He is slashing .209/.287/.393 with 11 homers, 29 RBI, and 28 runs scored in 279 plate appearances this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Wil Crowe (2-5) picked up the win Saturday against the Giants, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk across 5.1 innings. He struck out nine.

Fantasy Impact: Crowe allowed three hits in the second inning, which brought in a run. He also allowed a solo homer to LaMonte Wade. The nine strikeouts were a career-high for Crowe. Generally, though, he has struggled: he owns a 5.89 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 65.2 innings this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Bryan Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Friday's win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Reynolds took Johnny Cueto deep in the third inning for his 18th homer of the season. Reynolds is 11-for-30 since the All-Star break with two homers and five RBI. Overall, he's batting .307 with a .916 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Chad Kuhl did not factor into the decision Friday against the Giants, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk across 5.1 innings. He struck out eight.

Fantasy Impact: Kuhl was burned by home runs on Friday, most notably a two-run shot by Alex Dickerson in the sixth inning. Over his last six starts, Kuhl is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA and a 30:13 K:BB across 32.1 innings. He'll take on the Brewers next week.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Kranick did not factor into the decision in Wednesday's loss to Arizona. He allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk across three innings. He struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Kranick could not settle into a groove Wednesday. The matchup against the Diamondbacks is as easy as they come, so this doesn't bode well for his rest-of-season outlook. In 11 innings pitched this season, Kranick has a 5.73 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and a 11:4 K:BB. It remains to be seen if he sticks in the rotation beyond Wednesday.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyler Anderson did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's loss to Arizona. He allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk across six innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson put up his fourth quality start in his last seven outings, and left the game with a two-run lead. Unfortunately, the Pirates' bullpen squandered the lead and Arizona cruised to a win. Over his last three starts, Anderson has allowed just five earned runs in 18 innings, and he has a 4.35 ERA overall. He'll take on the Brewers next.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pirates have acquired pitcher Dillon Peters from the Angels in exchange for cash considerations. The southpaw has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peters allowed four runs over 1.2 innings in 2020 and hasn't returned to the majors since then. Through eight starts in Triple-A this year, he is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, .285 OBA, 13 walks, and 48 strikeouts. The 28-year-old has been involved in two trades and three organizations (Pirates, Angels, and Marlins) over the past three years.

Category: Transactions


Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-for-5 with an RBI Monday against Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: Hayes delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning, plating one of the Pirates' two runs on the night. This season, Hayes is batting .271 with four homers, 19 RBI, and a .784 OPS in 144 at-bats. He hasn't quite matched the numbers he put up in 2020, but he may turn the corner in the second half.

Category: Game Recaps


Chase De Jong (1-4) took the loss Friday against the Diamondbacks, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: All four of De Jong's earned runs came via the home run, and the Pirates' offense could not muster enough to overcome the deficit. De Jong has a 5.77 ERA this season, to go along with a 1.56 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. He lines up to face the Giants this weekend.

Category: Game Recaps


The Pirates officially signed the No. 1 overall pick from the 2021 MLB Draft, Louisville catcher Henry Davis. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis signed for $6.5 million, which is roughly $2 million "under slot." This was by design and it allowed Pittsburgh to spend up on Day 2 of the draft. The consensus top college hitter in this year's class, Davis instantly becomes the top prospect in the Pirates organization.

Category: Transactions


Jacob Stallings went 2-for-4 with a walk and a grand slam Saturday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: With two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, Stallings ripped a walk-off grand slam to complete the comeback. Stallings is batting .239 with eight homers, 40 RBI, and a .746 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Wilmer Difo went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit, three-run homer Saturday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Difo entered in the eighth and promptly went deep off Seth Lugo. It was the third homer of the season for Difo, who is batting .287 with 12 RBI and a .801 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps


Pirates prospect SS Oneil Cruz is currently sidelined due to a right forearm strain. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Pittsburgh's No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline felt some discomfort after a throw while playing for Double-A Altoona. The 22-year-old is expected to resume baseball activities in late July.

Category: Injury Updates


Pirates pitching prospect Roansy Contreras is sidelined due to a forearm strain. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Contreras has been pitching well for Double-A Altoona this season, registering a 2.35 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 46 innings. The plan is for him to resume throwing in August. Hopefully he isn't dealing with a significant injury.

Category: Injury Updates


Michael Perez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Perez went deep in the fifth inning off Jerad Eickhoff. Perez is a backup catcher who barely plays for the Pirates; thus, he's pretty far off the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps