Top Stories

Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers

Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers

The Texas Rangers have claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin from the Pirates. Irwin was designated for assignment last week, making room for right-handed reliever Josh Wall.

The move to DFA Irwin was a questionable one, and not an example of good roster management. About 30 minutes after announcing the move, the Pirates announced that they designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment, creating an open spot on the 40-man roster. You'd think that the Pirates could have designated Rodriguez for assignment, which would have allowed them to keep Irwin.

Furthermore, they had Jason Grilli returning a day later, and ended up designating Vin Mazzaro for assignment on Monday. That means they've currently got two open spots on the 40-man roster, all while losing Irwin on waivers.

Irwin isn't the biggest loss. He had struggled this year, and was removed from the Indianapolis rotation to become a reliever. But he did have one of the best curveballs in the system, and had the potential to b...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Top Stories
@http://twitter.com/timwilliamsp2

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

More in Top Stories

Josh Bell is taking his glove over to first base for the AFL (Photo credit: David Hague)

Josh Bell Homers in Futures Game, Diaz Takes Pride in Representing Pirates

Ryan PalencerJuly 12, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Reds Discipline Key to Success Against Cole

Nate BarnesJune 25, 2015
(Photo credit: David Hague)

Tyler Glasnow Nearing Return to Altoona

Nate BarnesJune 23, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Sunday Notebook: Lambo, Cole’s Development and Hart’s Role

Nate BarnesJune 14, 2015
Jameson Taillon

Jameson Taillon Throws 4 Innings in Extended Spring Training

Nate BarnesJune 8, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Primed for Outstanding June…Again

Nate BarnesJune 7, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects