The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher George Kontos to the active roster for tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers and optioned right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas to Indianapolis to make room.

Kontos was picked up off of waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. With the Giants, he had a 3.83 ERA and a 4.02 FIP in 51.2 innings over 50 appearances this season, with 17 walks and 55 strikeouts. He also had a 1.61 GO/AO ratio, which is well above his career average, both during his time in the minors and in the majors. The 9.6 SO/9IP ratio is the highest of his career. Over his seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.05 ERA in 315.2 innings and a 3.72 FIP.

Neverauskas won yesterday’s thriller by throwing two shutout innings. Over three brief stints with the Pirates this year, he has pitched six times, giving up three runs over nine innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Pirates also announced that outfielder Danny Ortiz has cleared waivers and has been sent outright to Indianapolis.

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    • Yes we get to overpay him one more year (along with Rodriquez) but we do get to dump the Jaso and Benoit contracts at the end of the year.

          • I believe we are only paying between 100 to 200 thousand. Rodriguez might not be an overpay, good value last year, has bad stats this year because he rushed back from big injury and just started playing again.

  1. why did Giants let Kontos go for nothing?
    why Schugel/Benoit over Neverauskas? (would add Hudson except for $)
    why not give Santana more run?

    • The Giants let Kontos go for nothing because he wasn’t going to fetch anything in trade and he’s a free agent at the end of the year. And compared to the Giants, the Bucs are a “contender”.

      • Is Kontos a free agent at the end of the year? I thought that part of the reason for picking him up was the always popular “years of control”.

        • Kontos is somehow controlled beyond this year, I believe through 2019 idk how though because this is his sixth full year in the bigs. (I have read multiple place he’s controlled long term through arbitration)

        • Tim and Company have already updated the 40 man salaries and future payroll commitments under the more tab. Two more years of Arb for Kontos after this one.

        • Right you are — he’s a free agent in 2020. I did read somewhere that the Giants were going to let him walk at the end of the year. Presumably that’s credible, since they just let him go two months early.

    • Who cares what the Giants’ decision makers decide? The Bucs got Kontos for free when any team with a worse record in the NL could’ve done the same. Enjoy it.

  2. In a season marked by numerous questionable bullpen moves, this just adds to the list. I have seen better ” stuff ” plus control and command of his fastball from Neverauskus in his last 3 appearances than I have seen from Hudson, Marinez, Watson and Santana all season. Schugel is borderline at best IMO

    • I expected it to be schugel but i can’t be surprised by it being dovydas…although there are at least 2 other relievers i would’ve preferred it been other than Neverauskas

      • One of the reasons the Pirates don’t like to commit big $ long term. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. GM NH cant afford a long-term contract mistake.

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