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Top Connor Joe News

  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Avoids arbitration with Pirates

    The Pirates and Joe avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.125 million contract Thursday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    It's a nice salary bump for Joe, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time. The 31-year-old put up a .760 OPS with 11 homers over 133 games for Pittsburgh last season. He should see semi-regular duty again in 2024.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Clubs homer in win

    Joe went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, a double and three total runs scored in Wednesday's 13-7 win over the Cubs.

    Joe opened September with just five hits across 13 games before breaking out of the slump Wednesday. This was his first multi-hit effort since Aug. 24. The 31-year-old is up to 11 homers, 40 RBI, 58 runs scored and 28 doubles through 125 contests this season, all of which are season highs. He's also logged three stolen bases with a .236/.330/.416 slash line across 440 plate appearances.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Heads to bench Sunday

    Joe is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Joe has gone just 3-for-36 over his past 10 games and will take a seat Sunday for the third time in Pittsburgh's last four contests. Alfonso Rivas will start at first base and bat eighth in the series finale.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Not in lineup Friday

    Joe is absent from the lineup Friday at Atlanta.

    Alfonso Rivas will play first base while Bryan Reynolds takes a turn as the Pirates' designated hitter and Josh Palacios covers right field. Joe, who was also on the bench Wednesday, has gone 2-for-31 (.065) over his last nine games.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Absent from lineup

    Joe is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Brewers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Joe has been the Pirates' regular first baseman of late but will begin this one on the bench. Alfonso Rivas will get the start at first base and bat seventh.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Sitting Friday

    Joe isn't in the Pirates' lineup Friday against the Cardinals.

    After going 0-for-11 across his last three games, Joe will get a day off to regroup. Alfonso Rivas will start at first base, and Josh Palacios will get the nod in right field while Joe sits.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Omitted from lineup

    Joe is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Joe started the last nine games for the Pirates, but after going hitless in Sunday's loss to the Cubs he will head to the bench. Joe has been splitting his work between first base and right field, and Alfonso Rivas and Josh Palacios, respectively, will cover those positions Monday.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Three doubles, four runs in rout

    Joe went 3-for-4 with three doubles, an RBI and four runs scored in Monday's 11-1 win over the Cardinals.

    Joe provided a jolt of offense Monday, ripping doubles in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings while crossing the plate four times. The 31-year-old is now slashing .263/.364/.474 with seven doubles, three homers, five RBI and 15 runs scored across 76 second-half plate appearances.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Hitting streak reaches five games

    Joe went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Joe hit one of three home runs on the day for the Pirates, with his being a solo shot to left field to begin the fourth. Joe has just two home runs since the beginning of June but has now hit safely in five straight games while picking up an extra-base hit two days in a row. Joe remains in a short-side platoon role at first base with Alfonso Rivas while occasionally picking up starts at DH like he did Sunday.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Gets third straight start

    Joe will start at first base and bat leadoff in Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Joe has now picked up three consecutive starts at first base, serving as the Pirates' leadoff man in two of those contests when Pittsburgh has opposed left-handed starting pitchers. With Carlos Santana and Ji-Man Choi having recently been traded away, Joe has a clearer path to playing time at first base, but it's unclear if he'll get a look in a near-everyday role or if he'll have to settle for the short side of a platoon at the position with the lefty-hitting Alfonso Rivas, whom the Pirates acquired from the Padres on Tuesday.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Stuck in short-side platoon

    Joe went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Guardians.

    Joe has slipped into a short-side platoon role since the start of July, as he's started only three of 14 games. That's due in part to the promotion of Henry Davis, but Joe has also slumped considerably. Tuesday's homer was his first since May 30, and since June 3 he has hit only .218 with a 28.6 percent strikeout rate across 87 at-bats.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: On bench again Sunday

    Joe is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Miami, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Joe finds himself on the bench Sunday after he started Pittsburgh's previous six games. Josh Palacios, Jack Suwinski and Henry Davis will start from left to right in the outfield.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Sitting Saturday

    Joe isn't in the Pirates' lineup Saturday versus Miami.

    Joe is currently in the midst of a four-game hitting streak, slashing .385/.467/.462 in that span. He'll catch a breather Saturday, opening up a spot for Josh Palacios to start in left field and bat in the leadoff spot.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Nabs fifth straight start

    Joe will start at first base and bat cleanup in Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Joe thus far hasn't been affected by the Pirates' addition of top prospect Henry Davis to the 26-man active roster, as both players have maintained spots in the lineup for each of Pittsburgh's three games. However, once Bryan Reynolds moves past the back issue that has sidelined him Tuesday and Wednesday, Joe could be at risk of fading into more of a short-side platoon role in the outfield. Josh Palacios is filling in for Reynolds on Wednesday, while Joe's start at first base is coming in place of Carlos Santana, who is getting a routine maintenance day after starting each of the last 12 games.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: On bench again Friday

    Joe is out of the lineup again Friday against the Brewers.

    Josh Palacios will make a second straight start in right field with the Pirates facing another right-hander in Julio Teheran. Joe has posted strong overall numbers this year, but he's faring far better against lefties (1.057 OPS) than righties (.663 OPS).

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Sitting against righty

    Joe is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Josh Palacios will cover right field and bat seventh versus the Cubs and right-hander Marcus Stroman. Joe has posted a .674 OPS in 134 plate appearances this year versus righties, compared to a robust 1.030 OPS in his 79 plate appearances against lefties.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Gaining playing time versus RHPs

    Joe will start in right field and bat third in Sunday's game against the Mets.

    Joe will make his second straight start versus a right-handed starting pitcher (Carlos Carrasco) and may be moving out of a short-side platoon role and into something resembling a quasi-everyday role. The Pirates' decision to include Joe in the lineup for the second straight game has been most detrimental to infielder Rodolfo Castro, who has been the odd man out while Ji Hwan Bae has moved from center field to second base.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Sitting out Friday

    Joe is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets.

    After starting three straight games -- two versus lefties -- Joe will begin this one on the bench as the Mets send right-hander Tylor Megill to the mound. Josh Palacios will be in right field.

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  • Pirates' Connor Joe: Takes seat Sunday

    Joe is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Joe has gone 6-for-16 with a home run, three doubles and a stolen base over his last four games, but it's unclear if he'll be able to avoid a short-side platoon role now that Carlos Santana is healthy again and settling back into everyday duties at first base. With Santana back in the fold, Joe will be vying for playing time in the corner outfield with Josh Palacios, who draws the start Sunday versus Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas. Joe has now sat out in two straight matchups against righties.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 205 lbs
Birthplace: San Diego, CA
Age: 31
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R