Pirates Claim Xavier Paul


The Pirates have claimed Paul.

According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed outfielder Xavier Paul, who was recently designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Paul is a left handed hitting outfielder who is 5′ 9″, and 205 pounds.

In his 146 at-bat career with the Dodgers, he has a .233/.280/.329 line, which includes a 3-for-11 line this year.  The 26 year old has a career .320/.380/.502 line in 787 at-bats in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.

Paul is out of options, which means he will have to be on the 25-man roster.  It is likely that he will replace either John Bowker or Steve Pearce on the roster.  Pearce would be the most likely candidate, since he is hitting .238/.304/.238 this season, and has an option remaining.  Bowker is out of options, and is hitting for a .250/.294/.313 line.  That doesn’t mean Bowker wouldn’t be the odd-man out, as he and Paul would basically be filling the same role as a left handed outfield bat off the bench.

The Pirates also need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Paul, although that can be accomplished by removing someone like Chris Leroux.

UPDATE 2:38 PM: To make room for Paul on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have transferred Scott Olsen to the 60-day disabled list, according to Colin Dunlap.  To me, this makes it more likely that Paul will replace Steve Pearce on the 25-man roster.  The 40-man roster and payroll page is updated.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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