According to Marc Tompkins of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Rays have claimed outfielder Jake Goebbert from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Goebbert was designated for assignment over the weekend when the Pirates needed to clear three spots on the 40-man roster to add Matt Joyce, Cory Luebke and Cole Figueroa.

The Pirates have a lot of prospects at Indianapolis right now and it will take a little creativity with their positions to get them all sufficient playing time, since many of them are infielders. In that sense, the loss of Goebbert makes it easier to accomplish that by giving them time in the outfield. He was however, the only outfielder they have with Major League playing time besides Antoan Richardson, who has played just 22 Major League games total spread out over 2011 and 2014.

So the loss hurts their outfield depth short-term, but Goebbert wasn’t anything more than an extra outfielder even if the Pirates needed him, and others in AAA can fill that same role. If the Pirates need another outfielder after Matt Joyce to make regular starts, they will have much bigger issues than the loss of Goebbert.

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  1. Too bad we can’t get Jesse Biddle back….why we kept this guy on the 40 man, over Biddle, made zero sense – unless the decision was due to non-baseball related issues.

      • why do you say that…if they could have placed Biddle on the 40 man, they wouldn’t have needed to DFA him…

        • He wasn’t going to make the 40 when camp broke. That’s the point…even if they kept him on it and DFA’d Goebbert the first time around, he wasn’t going to make the final cut.

          Why would he?

          He’s not pitching this year. Next season he’ll be rebuilding. And, if he can get back to where he was pre-injury by the beginning of 2018…what you’re left with is a guy 26 1/2 years old who had a semi–decent AA season in 2013.

          The only thing this guy has going for him is the Phillies thought he was a good pitcher in the summer of 2010…and a team that atrocious didn’t seem to have a reason to hold on to him. He’s pretty much an Andy Oliver clone.

    • Although Alex Dickerson hasn’t developed into anything (at least as of now), that was another head scratcher of a trade – since the system was overloaded with OF prospects and Decker couldn’t even crack a bad Padres outfield.

      • Always liked Dickerson…wasn’t going to be a stud, but thought he’d be a decent bench guy. He should get some time with SD this season.

        Couldn’t remember who the other piece was in that trade and looked it up…Miles Mikolas.

        Pirates traded Mikolas a month later and he went down in flames for Texas in ’14. The guy went on to have a monster ’15 in Japan:

        13-3, 1.92 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and averaged 7IP/start.

    • Already likely too many players for the spots they have. With the crowded infield, a guy like Frazier is already going to see OF time just to get him time.

      Add another guy playing OF, and you’d just have the same problem they did already. Since Osuna isnt taking time away from Bell.

      • Agree. Not to be mean, but the AAA/AAAA ball players are a dime a dozen. We could get J. Sands back? I heard A. Presley is available or Grossman.

    • As a charter member of the “No List” fan club I would rather Jose stay in Altoona and get regular time at 1st base and play every day – time enough for him to get AAA at bats if/when Bell gets the call..

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