Pirates Claim Pitcher Chaz Roe, Morton to Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed pitcher Chaz Roe off waivers from the New York Yankees and they have placed Charlie Morton on the 60-day disabled list to make roster space. Roe is a 27-year-old right-hander, who pitched three games in relief for the Yankees this season, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in two innings.

He pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2013, posting a 4.03 ERA in 22.1 innings, with 24 strikeouts. Roe was a first round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2005 out of high school. He pitched nine seasons in the minors before making his pro debut last year. Roe is a fastball/slider pitcher with a 1.87 career GO/AO ratio in the minors.

  • Ugh, I’m so tired of the scrap heap. A guy who’s done nothing, yet is 27 is going to clog up the 40 man roster.

  • John, is there a flaw in his game that is fixable ala Volquez or Worley?

  • Well, the Holdzkum case shows you can never write anyone off and that some guys are late bloomers. Here is another former first round pick (we seem to have picked up a lot of former first round picks in the last 2-3 years) who has essentially been a bust to date. Obviously, low risk – with the likelihood of any reward being minute (remember Josh Wall?) but you never know.

  • I am inclined to say that this guy has a zero percent chance of making a playoff roster… although I had the same thoughts Holdzkom and LaFromboise

  • I like the signing. Another solid middle reliever to compete with J. Gomez and J. Hughes. Fits the Pirates profile with the good GO/AO rates.