The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right-handed pitcher Shane Carle and infielder Engelb Vielma for assignment, per a team press release. These moves are the corresponding moves for yesterday’s trades, which added Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, and Michael Feliz to the 40-man roster.

Carle was originally drafted by the Pirates in 2013, and was later traded to the Rockies for Rob Scahill. He was placed on waivers by the Rockies earlier this month, and was claimed back by the Pirates. If they can get him through waivers, he could be a depth option for the MLB bullpen in 2018.

Vielma was claimed by the Pirates in December, and was claimed by the Phillies earlier in the offseason. He could provide depth for the team at second, third, and shortstop, with the shortstop position being his primary position. However, because he’s already been claimed multiple times this offseason, I could see him getting claimed by another team.

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      • I also like the team, but ownership doesn’t care about us. Just because someone isn’t a patsy doesn’t make them a coward. I also think he was joking about those players being designated.

        • Aw, don’t take it personally. We don’t know what goes on in the front office. They have a budget, and spend what they do. Fixating on Bob Nutting will only bring you heartburn. Trust me, he’s not losing any sleep over you.

        • Of course I was. Wrong tread, but our lineup is gonna be lefty heavy with Moran, Polanco, Bell, Meadows and could feature an infield of all lefties if Frazier and Moroff start at 2b And SS. I know that Moroff and Bel are switch hitters.

          • i think that’s a good thing. I think they’ll be able to platoon the hell out of whoever the opposing pitcher is.

            luplow-meadows. Freese-moran. the switch hitters. heck, all they need to do now is trade for Yasmani Grandal to platoon with Cervelli.

            Playing Moroff at SS vs some righties is an interesting idea since Mercer is bad vs righties.

  1. Tim,
    When you get the chance, can you post
    where the new guys would be on the service
    (salary) scale (before arbitration? arbitration
    etc?) as well as do they have options
    remaining. Appreciate it.

      • Yes, can’t get the bottom choices on the drop down which includes the 40 MSN and future payroll commitments.

    • Martin isn’t on the 40
      Moran has 107 days and two options
      Feliz has 2 years and 38 days, two options. He was sent down in 2016, but didn’t use an option because his assignment was less than 20 days.
      Musgrove has 1 year and 63 days and two options left.

      All three MLB players will be around minimum wage, none have reached arbitration yet and the Astros paid them near the minimum

  2. “AAAA” players that are plus defenders at SS are always nice to have around. I would’ve liked to see him stick around but he’ll probably get claimed. Oh, well. Engelb we hardly knew ya.

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