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Pirates Claim Pitcher Wirfin Obispo From Atlanta Braves

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Wirfin Obispo from the Atlanta Braves and assigned him to Indianapolis. The 29-year-old was pitching for AAA Gwinnett this season, where he had a 4.66 ERA in 19.1 innings over 19 appearances, with 21 strikeouts, no homers allowed and a .233 BAA.

Obispo pitched in Japan from 2007-2011, before returning to the minor leagues for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012. He spent all of last season with Gwinnett, where he had a 3.53 ERA and occasionally was used as a closer. Obispo had 70 strikeouts in 63.2 innings last year. He has never played in the majors.

He was added to the Braves 40-man roster over the off-season and was only put on waivers yesterday, so the Pirates wasted no time picking him up. The Pirates 40-man roster in now at 38, as Obispo takes the place of Bryan Morris, who was traded away earlier today.

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  • Leefoo Rug Bug

    Why?

    • meatygettingsaucy

      AAA bullpen depth with the loss of Morris and the addition of Sadler to the ML roster.

      In other words, move along folks, nothing to see here

  • R Edwards

    World Series baby!!!! LOL

  • http://www.acme-tv.com LongJohnSilver

    Another “WTH” move. Maybe the new rebuilding plan has started?

    • R Edwards

      What is this team’s plan? Do they have one? We don’t resign Byrd, but we go out and spend money on Volquez, Stewart, etc. The Alex Dickerson trade was strange. We still do not know the final cost of the Davis trade will be. Now, this curious Morris trade. Seemed like we threw him away for essentially a second round pick.

      • https://profiles.google.com/100212786463678215436 Nathan Swartz

        I know right?!
        It’s like they figured they had some star prospect that would play RF or something. Or that they wanted their future catcher to play everyday rather than ride the bench. Or that they tried to buy low on a pitcher after they’ve been successful at it before. Or that the Morris trade gets them the Comp pick they didn’t get for AJ AND they saved more money by doing so.

        • Matt Beam

          let hope its Frazier

      • https://profiles.google.com/100212786463678215436 Nathan Swartz

        I know right?!
        It’s like they figured they had some star prospect that would play RF or something. Or that they wanted their future catcher to play everyday rather than ride the bench. Or that they tried to buy low on a pitcher after they’ve been successful at it before. Or that the Morris trade gets them the Comp pick they didn’t get for AJ AND they saved more money by doing so.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.conner.58 Chuck Conner

        I heard the Ike Davis player might be a 2013 draftee. You cannot trade a draft pick for one year, (comment TIm) I think. I’ve even heard the name Austin Meadows mentioned. Just sayin……

  • Scott

    Why do people complain about moves like this? Purely depth, not like he was signed to be the future ML closer or anything. And if he sucks and they need a 40 man spot, he gets waived. Simple stuff.

  • GoldNeck

    He could’a had an all time great moniker had St. Louis picked him up.

  • Travis Persinger

    Do some of you really just go nuts over AAA moves because you enjoyed being miserable for 20 yrs? Whether you love this F.O. or hate them…the ability to get this pick for a BELOW replacement level pitcher was a terrific deal for the Buccos.

  • stickyweb

    Thank God the Bucs record is so bad this year, they’re high up on the waiver pick list so they can steal gold like this guy before other teams get a crack at him! Seriously, if you’re confused by this pick, it’s called taking a flyer on a guy that doesn’t cost a thing (except nominal waiver fee). He has more Ks than innings at AAA, so the arm is lively or he’s very deceptive.
    Everyone was equally puzzled when they picked up Broxton for nothing and he’s now their Prospect of the Month and will start tearing up AAA as soon as Polanco starts tearing up MLB (and saving the Bucs’ season incidentally). Just keeping the system well stocked.

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