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 innings with a 4.5 K/9 and a 2.4 BB/9 ratio as a reliever in the PCL. He's a hard thrower, with his fastball sitting in the 94-97 MPH range.

Solis turned 25 in September, and has just four at-bats in the majors. Last year he played in Double-A, hitting for a .283/.307/.419 line in 329 at-bats. In their report on the catching depth in the system at the end of...

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