Daniel Moskos DFAd: What the Move Says

Daniel Moskos was designated for assignment today.

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated left-handed reliever Daniel Moskos for assignment today, thus potentially ending his run in the organization. Moskos was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft, which was a highly controversial pick with top catching prospect Matt Wieters on the board. He was touted as a reliever who could move quickly through the system. However, he didn’t make his debut until 2011, and only pitched 24.1 innings in the majors. In that time he posted a 2.96 ERA, although his 11:9 K/BB ratio suggested that the low ERA wasn’t legit.

Moskos returned to Triple-A this year, and has dealt with elbow issues. He was 90-91 MPH at the end of April, a few weeks before going on the Triple-A disabled list with elbow soreness. In the second half of the 2010 season he was touching 97 MPH with his fastball, but never saw that velocity return in 2011 or 2012.

There are a few things this move says. First of all, it shows how far Moskos has moved down the depth chart. He was designated for assignment to make room for an emergency catcher, with Rod Barajas day-to-day. The Pirates opted to keep Doug Slaten over him, optioning Slaten to the minors. Moskos fell behind left-hander Tony Watson last year, which wasn’t a big hit to his status. But falling behind a 32-year-old left-handed reliever is something entirely different.

I don’t think the DFA of Moskos means anything for Fryer. The Pirates will have right-handed reliever Chris Leroux coming off the 60-day disabled list soon, at which point they’ll need a spot on the 40-man roster. The way I see it, they would have had to designate Moskos for assignment at that point in time. So doing it now just allows them to get an emergency catcher in the short-term. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fryer is designated for assignment when Leroux returns.

This move doesn’t necessarily end Moskos’ time in the organization. If he clears waivers, the Pirates can outright him to Triple-A. He’s not eligible for minor league free agency until after the 2013 season. It’s possible that another team could claim him and take a chance on him, as left-handed relievers are always in demand. But considering he’s been throwing 90-91, has dealt with elbow injuries, and was just removed from the roster instead of a 32-year-old journeyman, I’d say the chances of Moskos getting claimed are small.

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  • Bubbubsky

    What a horrible, horrible pick by the worst GM around. I think I hated Littlefield during his time here more than I hated Osama bin Laden.

    • Tim Williams

      That seems a bit excessive.

  • Nate

    What a shame. For the Pirates and for him.

  • Dave Parker’s Unfiltered Camel

    Drafting based on signability proves costly for the Bucs. imagine the catching situation right now had they drafted based on best player available.

  • Matt Beam

    Littlefield’s drafting was on par with what Al Davis did while running the Raiders for the decade before his passing

  • Matt Beam

    BTW – speaking of colossal disappointments in a season with very few so far, how about our supposed position of strength coming into the season… after Cutch, who could have imagined how horrible Presley and Tabata have been this year with Marte not exactly “pushing” mgmt into a decision

    • Dave Parker’s Unfiltered Camel

      Makes Tabata’s contract look more and more like a very smart move. Also shows why depth and competition is so important.

      • James S

        How so? He sucks. His contract looks bad no matter what they paid him. I don’t care how cheap he came, he is a liability on the field, can’t run the bases, and hits merely singles, if he’s lucky. (and usually gets thrown out advancing.) He couldn’t and shouldn’t be a 5th outfielder for most other teams.

        • Dave Parker’s Unfiltered Camel

          I agree that he’s not playing well, but consider him a better player than you do. : )

        • James Vargo

          He needs to be AAA fodder…

    • Matt Beam

      they make the last 2 outs of the game… urgghhh

  • Matt Beam

    2nd and 3rd nobody out in the 7th – no more runs; Cutch with a leadoff double in the 8th – 3 straight outs and he’s left at 2nd – I want to throw my TV through the wall…

    • Dave Parker’s Unfiltered Camel

      News flash: Josh Harrison can’t bunt! Not sure what the deal is, but the dude needs some extra time in the cage.

  • John Lease

    So he can be outrighted to AAA? I doubt any team would take him. I was surprised Slaten still HAD an option. He’s pitched OK, but he was clearly the last man in the bullpen.

  • BarryJT

    It’s a shame. I hope he’s not remembered as a bust, as he should never have been drafted so high. DL screwed Moskos as much as he screwed us.

  • Lee Young

    I disagree…I think somebody will take a chance and claim Moskos.

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