The Pirates introduced that they claimed infielder Kevin Padlo off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A. In a corresponding transfer, outfielder Jake Marisnick has been launched. The membership additionally introduced that catcher Taylor Davis has cleared waivers and been outrighted.
Padlo, 26, made his MLB debut final yr with the Rays however went to the Mariners on a waiver declare. In April of this yr, the Mariners designated him for task in April and traded him to the Giants. The Giants DFA’d him in June and the Mariners claimed him once more, earlier than he was despatched into DFA limbo but once more just a few days in the past, now touchdown with the Pirates.
Amid all of that, Padlo has performed 20 video games on the MLB degree between final yr and this yr, hitting a paltry .143/.211/.200. He has higher numbers within the minors this season, hitting .245/.327/.455 for a wRC+ of 92. His finest attribute is arguably his plate self-discipline, as he regularly ran up double-digit stroll charges in his stand up the minor leagues. He’s solely at 9.3% on the farm this yr, however the Pirates will give him a shot primarily based on that observe file.
As for Marisnick, 31, the defensive specialist was signed by the Pirates in April however required thumb surgical procedure in Could, which ended up costing him about two months. He has since returned and elevated his tally of video games on the season to 31. His batting line for the marketing campaign is .234/.272/.390, wRC+ of 80, roughly in step with his profession numbers. The defensive metrics are nonetheless giving constructive opinions for his work on the grass, that means this transfer isn’t seemingly a mirrored image of his efficiency. Relatively, the rebuilding membership in all probability simply needs to commit its taking part in time and roster spots for controllable gamers who they are going to audition for future roles on the group. It wouldn’t be stunning if Marisnick garnered curiosity from a contender who wished his velocity and protection on the bench. Ultimately yr’s commerce deadline, for example, he was traded from the Cubs to the Padres for such a job.