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Chad Kuhl agreed to a one-year, $2.13 million deal with the Pirates to avoid arbitration. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kuhl registered a 4.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 46 1/3 innings (nine starts) for the Pirates in 2020. He figures to serve as a midlevel rotation arm for Pittsburgh next season.

Category: Transactions


Richard Rodriguez agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Pirates to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez notched four saves with a 2.70 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across 23 1/3 innings for the Pirates last year. He has a chance to open as the closer in Pittsburgh next season.

Category: Transactions


Joe Musgrove agreed to a one-year, $4.45 million deal with the Pirates to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove has been a hot name in trade discussions this offseason and now that his salary is locked for next year, he could moved any day now. He registered a 3.86 ERA over 39 2/3 innings last year with the Pirates.

Category: Transactions


Colin Moran agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Pirates to avoid arbitration. (Source: Adam Berry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pittsburgh rewarded the third baseman, who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He slashed .247/.325/.472 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI over 178 at-bats last season for the Pirates.

Category: Transactions


The Pirates traded 1B Josh Bell to the Nationals in exchange for RHP Eddy Yean and RHP Wil Crowe on Thursday. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bell will get a fresh start in Washington D.C. after struggling for the Pirates in 2020. He is one season removed from slashing .277/.367/.364 with 37 homers. If the Nationals are getting the 2019 version of Bell, he could have another monster season in store for fantasy managers in 2021. The 28-year-old is expected to be the Nationals' starting 1B and hit in the middle of the order behind stars Trea Turner and Juan Soto. Bell is a borderline top-10 first baseman in upcoming 2021 fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions


Jameson Taillon and teammate Josh Bell have been involved in trade talks between the Pirates and the Yankees, according to beat writer Jason Mackey. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mackey did note that he was "unsure on seriousness or scope" of the talks but it's still worth noting. Taillon missed the entire 2020 season recovering from Tommy John surgery but is expected to be ready to go for spring training. He was able to avoid arbitration with Pittsburgh as well by just agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million contract in early December. Taillon going to New York would make more sense than Josh Bell but it's unclear if they would be involved in a package deal or not, stay tuned.

Category: Rumors


Jon Morosi of the MLB Network is reporting that teams have called the Pirates about acquiring LHP Steven Brault. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brault carries three years of control and teams are reportedly inquiring about the left-hander. He posted a career-best 3.38 ERA in a shortened 2020 campaign. Brault owned a (1-1) record along with a 1.21 WHIP and a 38:22 K:BB over 42 2/3 innings last season. The 28-year-old’s fantasy value would only improve if the Pirates decide to move on from Brault.

Category: Rumors


Pirates SS prospect Oneil Cruz will play in the Dominican Winter League. (Source: Jason Mackey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz was involved in an automobile accident that killed three people back in September. There was initially a thought that Cruz would be charged with being under the influence of alcohol, but no evidence has been found and he appears to be cleared legally. Pirates GM Ben Cherington expects Cruz to be a full participant in spring training 2021.


Chris Archer's $11M option was declined by the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Archer had a rough couple seasons with the Pirates, pitching to a 5.19 ERA in 119 and 2/3 innings in his only full season with the team. Giving Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow away for Archer will haunt the Pirates for another decade. Look for Archer to sign a one or two-year "prove it" deal with another team sometime this offseason.

Category: Transactions


JT Brubaker allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Indians. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Brubaker yielded five runs in the season finale, but did not factor into the decision. He threw a total of 89 pitches, landing 51 for strikes. Brubaker will compete for a spot in the Pirates rotation in 2021 after finishing the regular season with a 4.94 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 48 strikeouts across 47 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Jose Osuna went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and additional run scored in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna belted a solo shot off Cam Hill in the fifth inning for his fourth long ball of the season. He homered in back-to-back contests. Osuna will compete for a starting role with the Pirates next season after slashing .205/.244/.397 with 11 RBI and six runs over 82 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Hayes took Cal Quantrill deep in third inning for his fifth long ball of the season. He ended the season on a high note, hitting .519 (14-for-27) with two home runs and three RBI in his last seven games. Hayes slashed .376/.442/.682 with five home runs, 17 runs scored and one stolen base over 85 at-bats in 2020. The 23-year-old was on fire in September and expects to be solid fantasy 3B option in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Bryan Reynolds went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 8-0 win over Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Reynolds blasted his seventh homer of the year off Aaron Civale in the third inning to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead. He has now homered in two of the past three games. Reynolds has had a disappointing 2020 camping thus far, slashing .188/.276/.359 with seven home runs, 19 RBI, 24 runs scored and one stolen base over 203 plate appearances.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Keller allowed one run on no hits and eight walks while striking out three over five innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Indians. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Keller posted an odd stat line in Friday's no-decision. He didn't allow a hit but walked eight batters. He yielded one run when the Indians scored on a Carlos Santana double-play in the first frame. Keller has not allowed a hit in his last 11 innings pitched. The right-hander finishes 2020 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 16:18 K:BB over 21 2/3 innings. Keller will compete for a spot in the rotation in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco took Carlos Carrasco deep in the fourth inning for his seventh long ball of the season. He has started to pick things up a little bit, collecting a hit in three of his last four contests. Polanco has struggled in 2020, slashing .158/.220/.336 over 168 plate appearances.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Frazier went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's 7-0 win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Frazier has now homered in back-to-back contests. It was his seventh long ball of the season. Frazier continues to be the Pirates everyday second baseman, slashing .224/.293/.352 over 55 games in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Trevor Williams (2-8) allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four across 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Williams picked up a rare win (2-8) after limiting the Cubs to only one run on Wednesday. He yielded a solo homer to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning, but was able to settle down and blank the Cubs rest of the way. Williams struggled in 2020, owning a 6.18 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 48:21 K:BB over 55 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Keone Kela (forearm) is playing light catch on flat ground but has shifted is preparing for the offseason. (Source: Kevin Gorman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kela won't return for the 2020 campaign and will focus on preparing for the offseason. He has been out for over a month due to a forearm injury. Kela will finish 2020 with a 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and three strikeouts over two innings.

Category: Injury Updates


Cole Tucker (concussion) is expected to be shut down for the rest of the 2020 season. (Source: Rob Biertempfel on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tucker landed on the seven-day injured list after sustaining a concussion last Thursday. The Pirates will be cautious with Tucker and shut him down for the season. Tucker will compete for the starting SS gig in 2021, slashing .220/.252/.275 with one home run, eight RBI and 17 runs scored over 116 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Injury Updates


Jacob Stallings went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Stallings took Andrew Chafin deep in the ninth inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 win over the Cubs. It was his third home run of the season. Stallings is slashing .252/.331/.391 over 132 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps