The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed relief pitcher Anthony Claggett off of waivers from the New York Yankees. Claggett came in to the season as the 26th ranked prospect in the Yankees system, and the number three right handed relief prospect, one ahead of Steven Jackson, who the Pirates claimed from the Yankees back in May. The 2009 40-man roster/payroll and the Future Payroll Commitments chart have been updated.
Claggett pitched 82 innings at AAA this year, mostly in relief, with a 3.07 ERA, a 43:32 K/BB ratio, and six homers allowed. He pitched in two games in the majors this year, and got shelled, allowing ten runs on eleven hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Claggett, who turned 25 in mid-July, has a sinking fastball that hits 91-92 MPH. He has a plus 84-85 MPH slider, which is his out pitch. The Yankees originally acquired Claggett from Detroit in the Gary Sheffield trade.
This is the fourth time the Pirates have acquired a player from the Yankees’ system this year. They claimed Jackson, the Yankees’ 29th best prospect coming in to the year, off of waivers. They traded Romulo Sanchez for Eric Hacker, who was the 12th ranked right handed starting prospect in the Yankees system coming in to the year. They also traded Eric Hinske for Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer.
I would guess that this is the result of the Xavier Nady trade last year. The Pirates probably did some extensive research on the prospects in the Yankees system last year for the Nady trade. I’m guessing they favored Jackson, Hacker, Erickson, Fryer, and Claggett, not enough to try and get them in the Nady trade, but enough to spring for them in smaller deals.
To make room for Claggett, the Pirates moved Jose Ascanio from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. The 25-man roster page has been updated. I don’t mind this move. The Pirates can take a chance on Claggett, and all they really give up is one or two appearances from Ascanio, who was rumored to be on pace to come off the DL next week, just in time for the final week of the season.