The Pittsburgh Pirates lost relief pitcher Ryan Reid on waivers to the New York Mets, according to Chris Cotillo.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 23, 2013
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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