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Paul Skenes reached 102 mph in his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Orioles. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Skenes threw one scoreless inning, throwing 10 pitches with four of them reaching triple digits. He was able to get No. 1 picks Jackson Holiday and Adley Rutschman to ground out and fly out.


The Pirates signed Dustin Peterson to a minor league deal. (Source: MILB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson last appeared in an MLB game during the 2019 season with the Tigers. He'll provide some depth in the Pirates organization.

Category: Transactions


Oneil Cruz took batting practice on Sunday. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz is fully healthy in camp after his season was cut short early last year due to a fractured fibula in his left leg. The upside remains high for the former top prospect in what'll hopefully be a healthy season.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pirates have named Mitch Keller as their Opening Day starter. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keller gets the Opening Day nod on the same day he signed a five-year extension. He'll look to continue to build off a strong season last year.


The Pirates placed JT Brubaker on the 60-day injured list. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brubaker is expected to miss at least the first half of the season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. This move opened up a roster spot for Canaan Smith-Njigba.

Category: Injury Updates


The Pirates placed Endy Rodriguez on the 60-day injured list.

Fantasy Impact: This was a move to open up a roster spot for Yasmani Grandal. Rodríguez is expected the miss the entire season following offseason surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow.

Category: Transactions


The Pirates placed Johan Oviedo on the 60-day injured list.

Fantasy Impact: This was a move to open a roster spot for Josh Fleming. He is expected to miss the whole season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free-agent pitcher Brent Honeywell to a minor-league deal. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal will pay the left-hander $1.25 million in the majors. A former Rays top prospect, now 28, Honeywell has scuffled in the big leagues, tossing a 5.08 ERA across 43 career appearances. He posted a 4.82 ERA across 40 outings between the White Sox and Padres in the 2023 season.

Category: Transactions


The Mariners claimed Canaan Smith-Njigba off waivers from the Pirates. (Source: Seattle Mariners on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith-Njigba joins his brother, Jaxon in Seattle, a wide receiver for the Seahawks. He'll likely report to Triple-A Tacoma as a depth outfielder in the Mariners organization.

Category: Transactions


Connor Joe signed a one-year deal worth $2.125 million with the Pirates to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Joe hit .247 with 11 home runs last season in Pittsburgh. He figures to remain in his platoon role again this year with the Pirates.

Category: Transactions


David Bednar signed a one-year deal worth $4.15 million with the Pirates to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bednar had his name in a number of trade rumors at the trade deadline last year, but he wound up staying in Pittsburgh. He recorded 39 saves last year and should continue to be one of the better closers in the MLB this season.

Category: Transactions


Andrew McCutchen has agreed on a one-year, $5 million contract to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Source: Mark Feinsand on X)

Fantasy Impact: The 37-year-old had a nice bounce-back season in 2023 in his return to Pittsburgh, hitting .256/.378/.397 in 112 games. He will likely have a prominent role as the DH and look to repeat a serviceable fantasy season in 2204.

Category: Transactions


The Royals traded Edward Olivares to the Pirates for Minor League infielder Deivis Nadal. (Source: Anne Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Olivares should have a better chance to compete for an every day role in Pittsburgh. He has shown flashes early in his career and should get a better chance to put it together on a more daily basis with the Pirates.

Category: Transactions


Ryder Ryan signed a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite with the Pirates. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryan made his MLB debut last season with the Mariners. He will look to compete for a role in the Pittsburgh bullpen throughout Spring Training.

Category: Transactions


The Pirates have signed RHP Ben Heller to a minor league deal. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heller posted a 3.86 ERA last season for the Braves across 19 games with 11 walks and 16 strikeouts. He will compete in a Spring Training for a spot on the Pirates Opening Day roster.

Category: Transactions


The San Diego Padres have claimed infielder Tucupita Marcano off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marcano was one of three Pirates position players claimed off waivers on Thursday as the club clears out 40-man roster spots. The 24-year-old hit .233 with three homers and five stolen bases in 75 games with the Pirates while also hitting .422 with one homer and three steals in 11 games at Triple-A.

Category: Transactions


The Milwaukee Brewers have claimed infielder Vinny Capra off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Capra joins Alfonso Rivas and Tucupita Marcano as Pirates claimed off waivers by other clubs on Thursday as the team clears 40-man roster spots. Capra appeared in nine games with the Pirates and hit .167 with one RBI across 21 plate appearances after being acquired in a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.

Category: Transactions


The Cleveland Guardians have claimed infielder Alfonso Rivas off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rivas was one of three Pirates claimed off waivers by other clubs on Thursday as the team clears 40-man roster spots. The 27-year-old hit .229 with three homers and a stolen base in 48 games for the Pirates and Padres in 2023 while also hitting a hefty .332 with nine homers and eight steals in 58 games at Triple-A with the Padres.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded pitcher Cody Bolton to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. (Source: Pittsburgh Pirates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bolton joins three former teammates in departing the Pirates on Thursday as the other three were claimed off of waivers by other clubs. The right-hander scuffled to a 6.33 ERA across 16 appearances with the Pirates in 2023 but also posted a 3.86 ERA across 46 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level.

Category: Transactions


Bido had a strong outing, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out two batters in two innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the positive performance, Bido's season-long numbers remain underwhelming, with a 6.10 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 15 games. The 27-year-old served as an opener and will likely have limited fantasy value next season.

Category: Game Recaps