The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Saturday evening that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for cash considerations. Stratton was designated for assignment on Tuesday. Nick Burdi was placed on the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.
The 28-year-old Stratton has played parts of four seasons in the majors. He struggled badly this season, posting an 8.59 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances. In 29.1 innings, he put up a 2.08 WHIP, a .344 BAA and 22 strikeouts. He made 26 starts for the San Francisco Giants in 2018 and had a 5.09 ERA in 145 innings, with 112 strikeouts and a 1.43 WHIP. Stratton pitched well in limited outings with the Giants during the 2016-17 seasons. He was a first round pick in 2012 and was rated as high as the #3 prospect for the Giants twice by Baseball America.
The Pirates will make a 25-man roster move when Stratton joins the team.