Matt Hague Outrighted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted first baseman Matt Hague to Indianapolis, according to the transactions page. It appears the move happened at the end of last week, although I don’t believe it was announced and this is the first I’ve noticed it. Hague was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates acquired Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro, and Clint Robinson in trades.

The Indianapolis roster should be crowded with first basemen. Robinson was just added, and should stay in Triple-A as long as Garrett Jones is in the organization. Matt Curry is expected to move up from Altoona, with Alex Dickerson expected to move up from Bradenton to Altoona. Hague can play third base, so it’s possible that he could get playing time there while Curry and Robinson split time between first base and DH.

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  • leadoff

    Why he would take an assignment with the Pirates is beyond me, he will never get a chance in the majors as long as Hurdle is managing this team IMO.

    • Tim Williams

      He has no choice. Players can only refuse an assignment if they have three years of major league service time, or if it is their second time being outrighted to Triple-A.

    • Fred Langford

      pretty difficult to blae Hurdle for Hague’s 19 XBH in nearly 500 PA last yeat between AAA/MLB. hague had 70 AB and didn’t get it done. It is the Stephen Pearce thing all over again. I dont think they have the patience to try it a second time.

  • Ecbucs

    somebody could still take him in Rule 5. If a team isn’t willing to take him it probably means the consensus is he is AAA player.

    Unless he improves dramatically this year he is going to be a minor league free agent soon.

    I still think there is a tiny chance that he could be a productive part-time player off the bench.

    • Tim Williams

      He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft this year. He’s eligible for minor league free agency after the 2014 season.

      • Ecbucs

        I would guess that unless he performs very well i n 2013 the Bucs will let him go as a free agent or he will retire. I think he could perform well enough in 2013 to become a right handed bat off the bench if he can show more power and that he can play third as well as first.

  • elgaupo

    I guess Matt Hague is now freed. I bet Dejan is happy now.

    • Lee Young

      Dejan will NEVER be happy….he is a Pirate Curmudgeon.

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