John Raynor returned to the Marlins

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates returned 2010 Rule 5 draft selection John Raynor to the Florida Marlins.  Raynor was designated for assignment last week in order to make room for extra pitching help.  He only saw 11 plate appearances with the Pirates, hitting for a .200/.273/.200 line, with his two hits being singles.

Rob Biertempfel reports that the Marlins refused the trade offers made by the Pirates, and decided to keep Raynor after he cleared waivers.  The loss of Raynor isn’t huge.  He wasn’t going to do much for his development as a bench player in the majors, and probably was better served with another year in AAA playing every day.  It would have been nice to have him in the system, but he’s looking like a fourth outfielder at best right now, so losing him isn’t as huge as losing guys like Donald Veal or Evan Meek in the past.

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