The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Xavier Paul after the outfielder cleared waivers. The team couldn’t outright him to AAA since Paul has more than three years of major league service time. They also can’t re-sign him as a free agent until May 16th, 2012. His big strength is his speed and defense. The Pirates have a similar player in Gorkys Hernandez, who has more upside than Paul, so the loss isn’t a major one.