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Pirates Recall Brandon Cumpton, DFA Vin Mazzaro

Pirates Recall Brandon Cumpton, DFA Vin Mazzaro

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis. Cumpton will make today's start, and is expected to be a permanent member of the rotation going forward, for as long as he performs in the role. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates have designated Vin Mazzaro for assignment.

I wrote about Cumpton yesterday, noting that he has the opportunity to remain in the rotation for good. If he performs well this year, then there will be no one pushing him out of the rotation the rest of the season. Next year the Pirates have three open rotation spots, and Cumpton could easily take one of those spots with a good performance in 2014.

An interesting note: by my calculations, Cumpton would end the year with less than a year of service time if he remains in the majors the rest of the season. He'd have 167 days of service time, by my estimate. That means he'd be under control through the 2020 season, rather than the 2019 season if he w...

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