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Vin Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis

After being designated for assignment and then clearing waivers, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vin Mazzaro has decided to accept his minor league assignment. He will eventually report to the Indianapolis Indians, but for now, he has been assigned to the Jamestown roster since he hasn’t pitched since the end of Spring Training.

Mazzaro had the option to become a free agent because he has more than three years of service time and this was the second time he was designated for assignment. He is likely the top option to fill in as a reliever if the bullpen should suffer any injuries, although as a short-term fill-in, someone else would likely take the role since he isn’t on the 40 man roster now. Mazzaro lost out on the last bullpen spot this Spring Training and the Pirates were unable to find any takers on the trade market.

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  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Thank heavens – we made need Mazzaro to replace Gomez soon….Gomez has been awful thus far.

    • michaelbro8

      so has Cutch; replace him !

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD

        Cutch has just a tad better track record of success vs. Gomez – don’t you think??

        • michaelbro8

          Definitely ! Just saying that after 9 games; we shouldn’t talk about replacing players. And in meaningful stats, Wandy, Grilli, and J Wilson have been equally as bad.

          • Y2JGQ2

            No….they really haven’t. Are we watching the same games and looking at the same stat page?

            • Y2JGQ2

              …unless by meaningful stats you mean WHIP and walks. Which to me, aren’t meaningful to me unless they end in runs given up.

  • piraddict

    Or Wilk or Schliereth. They had better Springs than Mazzaro. Not that Mazzaro is bad.

  • Macchamp74

    950,000 reasons he accepted!

  • Pie Rat

    The Pirates have an open spot on the 40 when they took Mazzaro off the 25. Can they now put him back on the 40. That would make him available in a pinch. Then if they bring him up to cover a player on the DL they don’t have to go through the waiver process again to send him back down.

    • CalipariFan506

      No. He would have to be on the 25 man to be on the 40 man since he cleared waivers and is out of options.

    • Y2JGQ2

      They can always add him back whenever- since they have the open spot. There is no “process” delay for it. No reason to put someone on the 40 man until they need to be called up

  • Y2JGQ2

    I’m very happy to hear this! Gomez IS struggling, but its early in the year. I don’t believe we can send him down, so we will deal with it. Chances are, you’ll see Mazzaro before the end of May

  • smurph

    If a pitcher goes on the DL, then you can just add Vinnie.

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