Diamondbacks Claim Gustavo Nunez off Waivers From Pirates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced via Twitter that they’ve claimed infielder Gustavo Nunez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nunez was the Rule 5 selection by the Pirates last year, but missed the entire year on the 60-day disabled list with an injury that he suffered prior to the Rule 5 draft. The shortstop is regarded as a plus defender, but hasn’t done much with the bat, and has only played as high as Double-A....

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Pirates Claim Two Players, DFA Clement and Fryer

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a few moves this afternoon. The team claimed right-hander Chad Beck off waivers from Toronto, and catcher Ali Solis off waivers from San Diego. To make room on the 40-man roster, they designated Jeff Clement and Eric Fryer for assignment. Beck, who turns 28 in January, has just 18 innings in the majors, with a 5.50 ERA, a 6.0 K/9, and a 2.5 BB/9 ratio. Last year in Triple-A he had a 1.31 ERA in 48...

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Evan Meek, Drew Sutton Elect Free Agency

Reliever Evan Meek and Utility man Drew Sutton declared free agency on Thursday according to the International League transactions page. Meek was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on September 10th to make room for right-hander Rick vandenHurk on the 40-man roster. Meek posted a 2.74 ERA in relief at Triple-A this season, but has struggled at the Major League level since his All-Star year in 2010. Meek appeared in 12 games with...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Re-Sign Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed left-hander Kris Johnson, according to Baseball America’s minor league transactions. Johnson split time this year between Double-A and Triple-A, serving as an upper level organizational player whenever one team needed an extra starter. He combined for a 3.19 ERA in 101.2 innings, and made 13 starts, with four in Triple-A. Johnson would have been a minor league free agent after the season had...

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Evan Meek Outrighted to Triple-A

Per the MLB.com transactions page, relief pitcher Evan Meek has been outrighted to Indianapolis. The right-hander was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Rick VandenHurk. His outright assignment means the Pirates will retain him in the organization for now. However, Meek has enough time in baseball to qualify as a minor league free agent after the season, so unless they have plans to re-sign him,...

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Pirates Recall Chase d’Arnaud, Bryan Morris; DFA Evan Meek

The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled Chase d’Arnaud and Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis. They also selected the contract of Rick VandenHurk from Triple-A. In order to make room on the 40-man for VandenHurk, Evan Meek was designated for assignment. d’Arnaud posted a .252/.325/.383 line over 98 games at Triple-A this season. d’Arnaud joined the club in late August when Neil Walker was sidelined, but...

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