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...
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