Pirates Option Slaten, Hague to Triple-A; Add Sutton, Fryer; DFA Moskos

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a series of roster moves on Tuesday.

They optioned left-handed reliever Doug Slaten and infielder Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis. The club added infielder Drew Sutton to the active roster and selected the contract of catcher Eric Fryer from Triple-A Indy. They also designated left-hander Daniel Moskos for assignment to add Fryer to the 40-man roster.

Slaten posted a 2.77 ERA over 13.0 innings of relief since joining the club in late May. Slaten tossed two innings in the Pirates loss on Monday and allowed a run on a hit, three walks and three strikeouts.

Hague has appeared in 28 games this season with Pittsburgh where he’s hit for a .235/.278/.265 line. Since his second recall from Triple-A on May 25, Hague has made just two starts over the last 10 games (both as the designated hitter) primarily serving as a bench/pinch-hitter.

Pittsburgh reclaimed Sutton on Sunday afternoon off waivers from Tampa Bay. He was added to the 40-man roster when the team transferred Charlie Morton (Tommy John Surgery) to the 60-day disabled list. Sutton began the season with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he hit .270 with 10 doubles, two triples, 15 RBI and 19 runs scored in 38 games before being acquired by Pittsburgh on May 20. He was then traded to Tampa Bay the next day, in order to give him the opportunity to play at the big league level. Sutton hit .271 with four doubles and six RBI in 18 games with the Rays before being designated for assignment on Friday.

Fryer was added as an emergency catcher due to an injury to Rod Barajas. Barajas exited the Pirates game on Monday after the first inning due to a left knee bruise on a close play at the plate with Jimmy Rollins.

Fryer hit for a .167/.220/.219 line over 114 at-bats at Triple-A Indianapolis this season. Fryer made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh last season and hit .269 over 10 games.

Moskos posted a 3.86 ERA over 14.0 innings at Triple-A this season. He missed nearly a month due to an elbow injury. The former first round pick (fourth overall) in 2007 made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in 2011 and posted a 2.96 ERA over 24.1 innings.




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Billy Short

Why in the world was Fryer added over Morales? I can’t think of a single reason outside of the Bucs thinking they might lose Morales in a few days when Barajas is ready again. If it weren’t for a couple big hits from McKenry, I think most would question how he’s still on the team instead of Morales.

Dave Parker's Unfiltered Camel

Two sub .200 hitting catchers. Sweet!


Not related to anything in this post, but…I just bought 67 different Pirate team sets (baseball cards) off a dealer in Philly. Anything from 1956 to present. I’m totally geeked about it. Go Bucs

Also, I think a cool feature would be a Bucco Ball Card of the Week/Day with a brief history of the player and the card.

Lee Young

What did that cost, if i may ask? Had to be a bunch?


I though Slaten had no options left

John DiVito

I don’t think he does… which means he is being Designated for Assignment and placed on waivers.

Tim Williams

Actually, he does. It was a mistake on my part on the 40-man roster page.


Any word on what the corresponding 40-man move is to get Fryer up?

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