Pirates Lose Ryan Reid on Waivers to the Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost relief pitcher Ryan Reid on waivers to the New York Mets, according to Chris Cotillo.

Reid was designated for assignment last week in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes. The claim by the Mets doesn’t change much for the Pirates. If Reid would have cleared waivers, he could have declared minor league free agency. The Pirates might have had a shot to add him back as a minor league free agent if that happened. He has had some good numbers in his minor league career, and was good in a short stretch with the Pirates this year. However, he profiles more as depth out of Triple-A, rather than a guy who could be in the bullpen all year. That kind of depth is good to have, but also easy to acquire.

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Matt Beam

If the ChiSox hadn’t claimed Eric Surkamp off waivers from the SF Giants, would the Pirates had been interested? Even though he missed 2012 with TJ surgery, I’m surprised that he was taken off the 40 man roster, especially given his prior prospect status and good 2nd half at AAA last yr.

csnumber23

I completely agree Tim! The Bucs will not miss this guy in the least.

Tim, I received my Prospect Guide today. I just started reading it and it’s great so far! Thanks!

LongJohnSilver

Met’s must have the same belief that I do regarding Reid.

SteveW

What the Mets have is far less pitching depth than the Bucs. Reid will be much higher on their pecking order than he was on that of the Pirates.

dr dng

Ok, I am just learning about this.

By claiming him, does that mean that the Mets
must place him on the 40 man roster?

dr dng

In that case, I think the Mets got a pretty good pitcher for free. Shame that we could not at least get a draft pick or something for him. I would guess then that the Mets were the only team interested. Hmm, I thought more teams needed RP depth.

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