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Pirates Claim Infielder Dean Anna From the Yankees

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Dean Anna from the New York Yankees and have optioned him to Triple-A. Anna was a 26th round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2008. He was traded to the Yankees over the off-season for right-handed pitcher Ben Paullus, at which point they added him to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He made the Yankees’ Opening Day roster, but was optioned to Triple-A  after hitting for a .136/.200/.318 line in 25 plate appearances.

Anna is 27 years old, and has a career .826 OPS in 734 plate appearances in Triple-A. Anna has played all over the field, spending most of his time at the two middle infield spots, but also playing third base, the corner outfield spots, and four games at first base. The reports on his defense are decent. He looks like a depth option, with the upside of a utility player.

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  • emjayinTN

    Tim: Is it just me or did we just sign the left hand hitting clone of Josh Harrison? A 2B/SS who can hit for average and is normally around 1/1 on the K/W Ratio. Not an eye-popping defensive player, but gets the job done. Should we be hearing something soon about teams interested in trading for Josh Harrison? Anna came from the Yankees where they unloaded him after only 25 plate appearances, and they have a need for a strong hitting infielder to spell Jeter, Roberts, and then play some 3B and OF also. My thought earlier in the season was Liriano and Harrison for Jagielo (3B) and Clarkin (LHSP) – can this be a possibility? I know that’s a stretch, but two now players for two excellent future prospects makes this a push, but we may have to add to get this kind of return.

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

      Posted about the same on an earlier post. Yanks need starters. I’d see if they just bite on a pitcher for Jagielo and Clarkin (or Khuoto or Severina). Try to keep JayHay.

      • bucsws2014

        Not sure what you see in Jagielo or Khuoto. I like Avelino, good eye, tight stroke, solid fielding SS. I think Ground Chuck would appeal to the Yankees – and as I’ve said before, I think Clint has had about enough of Charlie’s braincramps. Avelino & Clarkin would be a decent return. It would be nice to get someone closer to MLB ready, but those two could be here by 2016.

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

          I like the idea of having a decent 3B for after Pedro.

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

    I guess I am of a different opinion then emjay on this transaction. I would ask why would we take up the final open 40 man roster spot for what appears to not be a position of need? I would think I would be looking for pitching help before a 27 year old journey man.

    • meatygettingsaucy

      It’s just as easy to DFA him as it is to sign someone…

    • S Brooks

      Morel and/or Martinez, at the least, can be easily discarded if the Bucs actually like what they see in Anna.

      • Timothy Wolfe

        and probably will be

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