The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have acquired minor league veteran Drew Maggi from the Philadelphia Phillies and he is active in Indianapolis tonight. Maggi was with the Pirates during the 2010-14 seasons after they drafted him in the 15th round and signed him to an over-slot deal.
The 33-year-old Maggi has no big league experience, but he has collected a big league check before. The Minnesota Twins called him up for two days last year, but didn’t get him into a game before he was sent back to the minors. He has spent the 2022 season with the Phillies in Triple-A, where he has a .209/.345/.250 slash line in 66 games. As you can imagine with all of the moves and injuries recently, Indianapolis has been playing short-handed. Maggi has played 10+ games at shortstop, second base, third base and left field this year. He has also played right field and first base in his career, as well as four pitching appearances. His versatility and experience will help them during this time.
While this was listed as a trade, don’t expect to hear a return. This feels like one of those deals that is done as a favor to a veteran player so they can go somewhere where they have a better opportunity.
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