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Pirates Claim Garrett Olson

Pirates Claim Garrett Olson

The Pirates claimed Olson from the Mariners today.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Garrett Olson from the Seattle Mariners today.  Olsen should compete for a left handed bullpen spot.  Joe Beimel and Scott Olsen have both been injured at times this Spring, and both have struggled in their return.  They are the only options for the Pirates in terms of left handed relievers, although Scott Olsen is technically competing for a starting role.

Garrett Olson has a career 6.20 ERA in 283 innings in the majors, with most of those innings coming as a starter.  He moved to the bullpen in 2009, and pitched 37.2 innings out of Seattle's pen in 2010, with a 4.54 ERA, a 7.4 K/9, and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  In his career, Olson has a .780 OPS vs left handers, and an .876 OPS vs r...

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