Pittsburgh Pirates Claim RHP Jhan Marinez from Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday evening that they have claimed 28-year-old right-handed pitcher Jhan Marinez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Marinez was designated for assignment on Monday. He has pitched parts of four seasons in the majors, with most of his time coming last year.

Marinez has a 5.40 ERA and a 5.08 FIP this season in 16.2 innings over 15 appearances. He also has a 2.04 WHIP, with 11 walks and 14 strikeouts. Last season in Milwaukee, he had a 3.22 ERA and a 3.59 FIP in 43 appearances, picking up 47 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. He pitched briefly for the Tampa Bay Rays at the beginning of 2016 and also had some time in with the 2010 Marlins and 2012 White Sox. He’s a fastball/slider pitcher, who throws mid-90s and gets a lot of grounders, including a 1.77 GO/AO ratio last season in Milwaukee.

No corresponding move has been announced yet for his 25-man roster spot. There was already an open 40-man roster spot. It’s possible that he joins the team tomorrow and a move won’t be announced tonight.If something is announced, we will post an update here.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 20, 2017 10:58 am

    The Pirates continue to make some strange moves….we have Santana and Neverauskas available and ready, and instead we call up and sign tried and failed AAAA veteran retreads.

    BTW, Holmes or Brault have to be better than Williams as a starter. Williams is useful as a bullpen arm, but he’s not a decent starting option in my opinion.

  • Head scratcher for me.
    Are we sending down Ortiz to make room?

    (Yes, I know it sounds stupid.)

  • Hard thrower who’s had some success in the past- the Pirates have had success with guys like him before.

  • Why?

  • piraterican21
    May 19, 2017 5:48 pm

    Another reason to keep Santana and Neverauskus down.

    • Maybe their thinking is that they can put him in that Nationals deal you proposed. 🙂

    • Ya I don’t get it. Give another shot at the majors for someone who has had multiple chances without success or call up one of several interesting arms at Triple AAA who appear ready to contribute and are being held back for what reason?

      • If it means giving a look at a guy with upside versus a career AAA guy like Lindblom, I’m all for it. If you look at him for 2 weeks and DFA him and he gets picked up, there is nothing lost.

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