The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the second time this off-season that Morel has been claimed off waivers. He was previously claimed by Toronto from the Chicago White Sox in December.

Morel has a career .229/.276/.333 line in 669 plate appearances in the majors. He's a right-handed hitter who has been better in his career against lefties, although he only has a .684 OPS in the majors against left-handers. He has been a decent defender at third base, with a career 0.2 UZR/150.

As I wrote earlier today, the Pirates don't have many options beyond Pedro Alvarez at third base. Morel isn't a good option, but he's a natural third baseman, which beats the alternatives of playing Gaby Sanchez at third, or shuffling th...

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