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Staff ace Cole, shortstop Mercer agree to deals with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) No quibbling over Gerrit Cole's salary this season. The quibbling over closer Tony Watson's salary is heading to a arbitration panel.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and their young ace reached agreement Friday on a one-year deal that will pay Cole $3.75 million in 2017. That's a significant bump over the $541,000 Cole made in 2016, when the team offered him just $10,000 raise, a gesture that initially irritated Cole, after the former No. 1 pick won 19 games and made the All-Star team.

Eligible for arbitration this time, Cole and the Pirates found common ground instead. The 26-year-old is coming off a bumpy 2016 in which he went 7-10 with a 3.88 ERA and spent a significant portion of the season on the disabled list. Pittsburgh will ask Cole to anchor a revamped rotation that includes recently re-signed Ivan Nova and second-year starter Jameson Taillon.

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Leaders
AVG: S. Marte.311
HR: A. McCutchen24
RBI: G. Polanco86
SB: S. Marte47
W: J. Nicasio10
ERA: I. Nova4.90
Saves: T. Watson15
K: J. Nicasio138
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Chi Cubs 10358.640-
St. Louis 8676.53117.5
Pittsburgh 7883.48425
Milwaukee 7389.45130.5
Cincinnati 6894.42035.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .257 (13)
Runs: 729 (13)
Hits: 1426 (12)
Home Runs: 153 (26)
Stolen Bases: 110 (8)
OBP: .332 (4)
SLG: .402 (23)
Total Bases: 2226 (20)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.21 (18)
Runs Allowed: 758 (22)
Saves: 51 (5)
Strikeouts: 1232 (22)
OpBA: .267 (26)
OBP: .336 (26)
SLG: .436 (24)
Run Support: 4.52 (14)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
1/13 G. Cole Signed ( 2017)(avoids arbitration)
1/13 J. Mercer Signed ( 2017)(avoids arbitration)
1/13 J. Nicasio Signed ( 2017)(avoids arbitration)
1/12 J. Hughes Signed ( 2017)(avoids arbitration)
1/12 D. Hutchison Signed ( 2017)(avoids arbitration)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/28 S. Marte off 15-day DL
9/26 J. Harrison off 60-day DL
9/23 A. Schugel off 60-day DL
9/13 G. Cole off 60-day DL
9/13 E. Díaz off 60-day DL
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