Pirates Claim Oscar Tejeda, DFA Doug Slaten

June 20, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Doug Slaten (43) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of an interleague game at PNC Park. The Minnesota Twins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Pirates announced today that they have claimed INF/OF Oscar Tejeda off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and assigned him to AA Altoona. To make room for Tejeda, the Pirates have designated Doug Slaten for assignment. Clearly the Pirates are having a run on super-utility types while pruning lefty relievers, as this is the second move of this type in two days.

Tejeda, 22, started playing professionally at 17 in the Boston system. In 51 games repeating Class AA at Portland this year he slashed .262/.294/.396. In 214 PAs he had 12 doubles and five home runs, but only nine walks against 41 strikeouts. This year he was used exclusively in LF and as a DH. In 2010 and 2011 he was used exclusively at second base. His player page is here.

The move to designate Doug Slaten comes as a small surprise since the Pirates had to make a 40-man roster move yesterday. It's probable that they didn't know whether they would win the claim for Tejeda and just made the best move for the team yesterday and decided to DFA Daniel Moskos. Having been informed that they did win the claim today, they had to make another move and Slaten lost out. This move coming just a day later speaks volumes about the Bucs' opinion of Moskos. Slaten probably has a 50-50 chance of being claimed. If he isn't, there is a possibility that he would accept an assignment to Indianapolis with an arrangement like he had originally when he signed with the Pirates this offseason.

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