Clint Barmes Activated From the DL, Jayson Nix DFAd, Polanco and Tabata Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Clint Barmes from the 15-day disabled list, and have designated Jayson Nix for assignment. They have also confirmed the moves we heard about this morning, with Gregory Polanco being optioned to Triple-A and Jose Tabata being recalled.

The swap of Barmes for Nix means the Pirates are getting a much better defender for the infield, especially at the shortstop position. This also ends the Jayson Nix/Michael Martinez/Brent Morel era with the Pirates, although all three could return in about a week when rosters expand. Even if that happens, they won’t be playing in the same roles they had when Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer, and Barmes were all injured this month. The return of Barmes also means that Josh Harrison won’t be needed as a backup shortstop if Mercer goes down again or needs a day off.

Author: Tim Williams

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.

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  • pilbobuggins

    Nothing unexpected or surprising, with all the recent waiver claim practice the bucs have been getting I was kinda hoping for some pitching help.oh well, the waiver deadline ain’t here yet, could still be some interesting things happening between now and then.

  • ISIBILL

    Pirate nation is jumping for joy with Barmes return. I hope he remembers how to play defense.

    • Joe Nastasi

      Speak for yourself I think he sucks. He can’t pinch hit, pinch run & had no range before hamstring went bad. He’s a deadspot on the bench. A bad backup catcher has more value then him.

  • dr dng

    Ok,

    I am still recovering from the fact that Tabata is back.

    Ok any prediections?

    How about this?
    1) Will he be above or below .285?
    2) Will he be back as a platoon with Snider
    or is Snider the starter at least of the next week?

    3) Any other predictions?
    -

  • st1300b

    still prefer Harrison at SS over Barmes if Mercer is out. Need the bat that Barmes just doesn’t swing anymore. Still got Pedro and Ike which is better than Barmes.

  • pilbobuggins

    Hey Tim, what do you know about jozzen cuesta. I can’t find any stats on him? And what chance do the pirates have of getting him or even if they should attempt to get him.

    • Lee Young

      Yozzen Cuesta, sometimes referred to as Jozzen, is a Cuban first baseman who recently defected and intends to sign with a MLB team in the near future. He has not yet been cleared by OFAC, so he can’t sign quite yet, but he should be cleared soon.

      Cuesta is 22 years old and would be subject to international bonus pool allotments if he were to sign in the MLB this spring. Although it is not clear when his birthdate is, if he were to turn 23 before signing a contract with an MLB team, those restrictions would be lifted and he would become an unrestricted free agent.

      Cuesta is know to have a good bat with above average power, but it is most likely not MLB ready yet and could use a little time in the minors. His defense looks to be below average at first base and he could be a fit for an AL team at the DH position.

      • pilbobuggins

        Thanks lee, much appreciated. Can’t leave any stones unturned when it comes to first base help for the buccos.(not that any of us have anything to do with getting said help, just nice to keep tabs on these things as a fan)

      • freddylang

        Exasperating stat of the day: Pirates 1B Ishikawa, Davis, Sanchez has a combined WAR of -0.5 for the Pirates. Player with the highest WAR for the season? Ishikawa, buoyed by his .846 OPS and solid defense since the Giants picked him up. He had a -0.2 WAR for the Pirates…which is still better than Davis’ -0.3. They did do one thing right with Garett Jones at a -0.7 and nearly 6 mil still owed to him through next year. Steve Pearce has a 4.4 OPS over 80 games this season. Here’s the worst part: Pearce an average or better fielder at 1B & the OF corners and has a career OPS of .863 against lefties. He had one bade season and they gave up on him. So did the Orioles. They were just lucky to get him back. I always really liked Pearce. I liked Moss too. Just bad luck. Bautista too. You can’t wait forever and the Pirates moved on. I liked Bautista when he hit .240 for the Pirates every year let alone what he does now.

        • Andrew

          Steve Pearce hit .232/.302/.366 in his time with the Pirates in 500 PAs, if he wanted to be a major league player he sure didn’t demonstrate it.

          • freddylang

            He wanted to. He just didn’t do it. Played great in the minors. It’s a catch 22…can’t get going a lot of times without steady abs and cant get abs unless you are hitting. Many guys get labelled “4A” players but in reality things didn’t break right for them. I think more teams including the Pirates are giving older guys chances later on and it is paying off. This is good to see.

            • Andrew

              I think more teams are getting younger and extending their homegrown players. I agree there is a certain amount of luck it, but these players know the measures, there isn’t some cryptic evaluation process, major league teams aren’t finishing school, get results or you want have a job.

              Nothing against Pearce but he just isn’t good, any one can stumble into a solid 300 at bats, he isn’t a true talent .957 BABIP hitter on line drives.

              • freddylang

                I get Pearce is lucky this year but he plays defense, is versatile and hits lefties. On an average year I think he is a nice platoon bat. At this point I would say he is a little better than gaby Sanchez.

  • Jared

    Would’ve maybe liked to have seen Lambo replace Polanco…especially lefty-for-lefty swap in demotion/promotion. Tabata again?