Chad Beck Claimed off Waivers by Toronto

Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Chad Beck for assignment to create space for the new additions in the Joel Hanrahan trade. Today the Pirates announced that Beck has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto designated him for assignment earlier in the off-season, only for the Pirates to claim him.

This is the second year in a row this has happened with Toronto. Last year they designated catcher Brian Jeroloman for assignment and the Pirates claimed him. Later in the off-season the Pirates DFAd Jeroloman and Toronto claimed him back.

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  • tlstates

    This is a crippling blow to the organizational depth of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chad Beck is known to be an outspoken leader and fiercely competitive. The Pirates organization is sorely lacking in both those areas and he would have helped tremendously. Sad to say this is yet another move ringing the death knell for the 2013 season.

    • jalcorn

      Seriously, this must be [sarcasm] font.

      No loss here, don’t need relievers who don’t miss bats.

    • Ian Rothermund

      Totally agree….Pittsburgh was 1 fiery AAA relief pitcher away from contending for a pennant. Now they’ve blown it. Clean house, fire N.H.!

  • tlstates

    Exactly. Chad Beck has been known to have hot coals laid before him as a pathway to the mound. He would remove his cleats and socks to slowly walk on the coals on his way to the mound. This caused a great delay to many games, however the fear it instilled in his opponents was second to none.

  • rbarks0408

    his numbers last year in AAA were interesting though…1.31 ERA in 43 games, 1.083 WHIP…nevertheless, it’s AAA and huntington does a fine job with the bullpen…