Toronto Blue Jays Claim Matt Hague

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Matt Hague off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hague has been in the Pirates system since being drafted in the ninth round in 2008. He has appeared with the Pirates twice in the Majors, most recent being last month when he went 0-for-2 in three games. Hague was put on waivers when the Pirates claimed John Axford from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • smurph

    Well, so much for Hague replacing Sanchez as the right-handed half of the 1B platoon. It is hindsight, but it sure would have been nice to have Abreu out there at first base. Hopefully they will do something at 1B for 2015 (Lambo?).

    • Scott

      Yea it would have been nice to pair him with Pedro or Lambo at 1B in 2015. Oh well.

    • Lee Young

      I bet 29 other MLB clubs wish they had Abreu.

    • 79Mag

      After seeing Hurdle’s comments today regarding Lambo, I think he has a short shelf live with the Pirate’s organization.

      BTW, I disagreed with the way Hurdle bundled his comments. Tacky, and unprofessional.

      • piraddict

        I was out of town, what did Hurdle say?

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

          Clint Hurdle on Andrew Lambo: “For what we need … how much is (Lambo) going to play? Do you want Lambo playing in front of (Travis) Snider? I don’t. You want Lambo playing in front of (Gregory) Polanco? I don’t. You want Lambo playing in front of (Starling) Marte? I don’t. And he’s not going to play first base in front of anybody right now.”

    • piraddict

      Don’t understand why Lambo isn’t in the conversation now! The one thing about Hague that the Pirtaes didn’t seem to appreciate is that he will drive in runs. We need that right now, and Lambo might be a better RBI producer than either Davis or Pedro.

  • Ron Loreski

    There he is ladies and gentlemen, the next Jose Bautista. The next one
    the Pirates let get away. I don’t understand why “The Hit Collector”
    never got a fair chance in Pittsburgh. Hague is better than Brent Morel,
    Jayson Nix, and Michael Martinez COMBINED. Watch him hit 20+ HR’s next
    year.

    • leowalter

      Have you ever interviewed for the Comedy Channel’s tour ?

      • Ron Loreski

        I did actually. But they said I was too funny, and it wasn’t fair to everyone else.

        • leowalter

          I actually agree with you when comparing Hague to Nix and Martinez. I also talked to Hague a couple of times whn he was in AA, and he is a really nice young guy,so I am happy he is getting some more MLB service time. But,you got more than ” too funny ” with that last sentence. Matt will probably be lucky to be in Toronto by Fall let alone next season.

          • Bill Brown

            You got to talk to Matt Hague in Altoona ? I’ll be damned ! Were in your role of faux scout or faux GM. Altoona, baseballs Mecca and Leo is the prince. BTW are you related to Lonley Libertarian?

    • moose7195

      Hyperbolic much? The guy got about 1/5 of a season as a starter and looked about as bad as Martinez OR Nix. He never proved why he deserved another chance, and he did receive a fair chance in 2012. Again, he was nothing more than a quad A player

      • Ron Loreski

        Hague might only be a AAAA player, but Morel, Nix, and Martinez are AAA players on their best day.

        • moose7195

          Not even half way true. It’s taken Hague 3 years to figure out AAA pitching. It’s not even like he’s tearing the cover off the ball down there anyway

          • Y2JGQ2

            Martinez, and Morel NEVER figured out AAA hitting

      • John Lease

        Considering he’s had a season over .200 at the major league level, he’s better than Michael Martinez has ever been. Ever.

  • moose7195

    Not going miss him, he was never as good as some thought. Nothing more than a quad A singles hitter

  • Jared

    Smart team. He can be a decent bench asset. Better than Morel.

  • Thom

    Stinks. But I bet they’ll have to place him on waivers within a year. Bucs could definitely get him back.

  • ginbear

    Ehh, not gonna miss him much. Never understood the fan love for Hague. Homegrown bias I guess. 28 year old with a minor league OPS of .792, a career high of 15 home runs, weak defense at first, even weaker defense at third. Good luck to him, maybe he finds a short gig as bench bat, but he’s no better than replacement level, really.

  • Nuke Laloosh

    No real loss here. A few others the Pirates can afford to lose as well.

  • R Edwards

    Now, maybe they were doing Hague a favor by DFAing him – and he clearly did not have a clear defined path to Pittsburgh – but to me, it was assinine that the Pirates DFAed him while guys like Decker, McGuinnes, and Morel were all kept on the 40 man. I seriously doubt Morel would have been claimed, although I guess it is possible.

  • Bryan Graham

    Fly Matt Hague, fly off as Brandon Moss and Bautista did and make a career for yourself. You were blocked here by the mighty Hall of Famers Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis so you were never going to get a fair shot here. Please take Andrew Lambo with you so that he may get the same opportunity. Good luck Matt Hague.

    • moose7195

      Just stop, please. Hague has no where near the potential that Bautista and Moss had. You should write children’s books after coming up with that fairy tale

      • freddylang

        Yeah. Hague really has never been anything but a decent, not even excellent AAA player. Pearce was awesome in the minors.

      • Y2JGQ2

        Moose- in fairness, neither one of them especially moss had any potential by the time we let them go. Bautista was a 1.0 War player and was showing no improvement.

    • freddylang

      Don’t forget Steve Pearce.

    • Y2JGQ2

      hahahahaha, love it

  • dr dng

    Does Matt Hague become the next Brock Holt?

    At least its a good thing that maybe someone will give him a chance.
    -

    • Y2JGQ2

      Brock Holt was really good, so i expect not

  • Y2JGQ2

    An awful decision to keep Brett Morel and DFA Matt hague. Inexcusable really