Giants Claim Hunter Strickland

The San Francisco Giants have claimed minor league pitcher Hunter Strickland off waivers today. He was added to the Pirates 40 man roster this off-season, but he was designated for assignment recently when the Pirates added Jonathan Sanchez and Brandon Inge to the 40 man roster. On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed Clint Robinson, who was also dropped from the roster to make room for Sanchez and Inge.

The Pirates acquired Strickland in the 2009 Adam LaRoche deal. He missed all of 2011 due to early shoulder problems and rotator cuff surgery that August. The 24-year-old righty split last season between Bradenton and Altoona, where he went a combined 4-4, 3.70 in 33 appearances, nine as a starter. Strickland had a 1.37 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 87.2 innings.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Ecbucs

    Probably not a big deal but he probably will help the Giants more than Brandon Inge helps the Pirates.

    • leadoff

      If Inge helps the Bucs at all!

    • John Dreker

      I wouldn’t be surprised if neither helped their new team, but Strickland has the better chance to be more valuable. Strickland seemed like an odd add to the 40-man anyway, so I didn’t think he would be picked up by anyone when they DFA’d him. He was set for relief work in AA, so no big loss, they have plenty of similar value players to him in AA/AAA

  • Ronald Heberle

    I am so glad we sent Clint Robinson, and Hunter Strickland packing and kept Brandon Inge. You know I actually think this may have been one of the worst moves I have seen. After adding McDonald who actually makes sense, what do we need Inge for then. What value does he have to this team. Its great he played through pain. The restructure the agreement that says we have to add him by April 15th or he can elect free agency. Make him prove he deserves a spot. I know neither player may have amounted to much but they still made more sense then keeping Inge.

    • John Dreker

      Well one had to go for Sanchez and I have no problem “trading” Strickland for him. Obviously Robinson for Inge is a whole different story

      • Kerry Writtenhouse

        I’m not too bothered over the losses, although it seems, at least one of them could’ve been avoided by putting Morton on the 60 day DL.

      • Ronald Heberle

        I agree with the Strickland for Sanchez trade analogy. And I believe if you were to remove only one of the two Strickland would have been the one I would have went for. But the upside with Robinson vs Inge is obvious. The biggest problem I have is not even as much keeping Inge, but keeping him after adding McDonald.

  • Ecbucs

    I still don’t get the original trade for Gabby. I think NH over paid by including the draft pick.

    Gorkys and Strickland or another pitcher should have been enough.

    Then that the Pirates even wanted Kaminska in the first place and then decided he had little value is strange too.

    Trying to say the Bucs had to include more to get Kaminska. Anyway I think Gabby was not coming back to Marlins for 2013 as he was going to cost too much for them and they seemed willing to keep him in minors for rest of last year.

  • Y2JGQ2

    There’s a better change of Inge helping the Giants beat the Pirates while playing for the Pirates, then Inge helping the pirates at all… even if Strickland breaks his arm tomorrow, they get the better of that side, strickland could only be worse for the giants if he goes off on a murderous rampage and after a dispute at a poker game, shoots buster posey and Matt Cain in a san francisco alley

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