The Pittsburgh Pirates have brought back a familiar face, claiming right-handed pitcher Shane Carle off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Johnny Barbato has been designated for assignment.

Carle was a tenth round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. They traded him to the Colorado Rockies for Rob Scahill back on November 11, 2014. Since then, Carle has worked his way up to the majors, debuting in 2017 and throwing four innings over three appearances. When he was with the Pirates, he relied on a sinker that sat 88-92 MPH and could touch 94 MPH. He was throwing slightly harder with the Rockies, though that’s a comparison between bullpen work and being a starter.

Carle was mainly used in relief this season in the minors, where he had a 5.37 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in a very high offense environment. He a pitch-to-contact guy, who doesn’t walk many batters, but also has a low strikeout rate. We had his upside as a middle reliever and that doesn’t seem to have changed over the last three years.

If Barbato can clear waivers, he could be pitching in the same Indianapolis bullpen as Carle to start the season. Both profile as depth options, though Barbato is a year younger, has slightly more big league time and throws harder. Carle has two options left.

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    • A recent article showed value of relief pitching increasing to $9M year.
      If you find one that has success you can flip them for great value. Remember Mark Melancon was acquired having an ERA north of 6 I think and no real velocity to speak of.
      Know the man and maybe you can help them succeed.

  1. A GM needs something to do in between all the phone calls from other front offices about blockbuster trades.

  2. I think this has more to do w slipping Barbato off the 40MRoster than acquiring Carle. Look for Carle to be designated in a couple weeks. Huntington has done this perpetual AAAA bullpen fodder churn since he took the job with very little to show for it. OTOH its a harmless hobby for the bored GM.

    • Considering the level of talent we are talking about I think he has actually done fairly well with this AAAA bullpen churn as you call it.

      Chris Resop and Jason Grilli alone are probably worth it.

    • Not much worthwhile in either case except the last sentence which states that Carle has 2 Options left – does Barbato have any options left?

      • On MLB this morning, the guest, Adam Ottavino, was asked who was the most influential GM for him. Dan O’Dowd who was the GM for the Rockies during that time said “don’t pick me because somebody came to me and said we should sign this guy and I said Yeah, I think so too.” In this case, some associate 4 layers down from the level of an administrative assistant to an Assistant to the General Manager could very well be responsible for all of this.

      • Designating him for assignment would remove him from the 40-man roster. Optioning him would not. Although waivers may be involved in removing him from the 40 as well. Not sure.

        • it would be. my point is that its senseless to remove players with options from the 40 man roster and risk losing them to waivers. Makes more sense to DFA players without options (or less options all things being equal) first since if they don’t make the team, you lose them anyways.

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