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Pirates claim Tommy Field

Doug Pensinger

The Pirates have announced that they've claimed infielder Tommy Field from the Angels and optioned him to Indianapolis.

Field, 27, played sparingly for the Rockies in 2011 and 2012 and for the Angels in 2013. He's spent this season at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he's hit .285/.351/.440. He's generally put up good, but unspectacular, hitting numbers in the minors, but he's played in some favorable environments. He was a late-round draft pick out of college in 2008 and gradually emerged as a sort of semi-prospect while playing at levels he was a bit too old for. He can play second, shortstop and third base.

Field is one in a line of infielders the Pirates have acquired recently, including Michael Martinez and Jayson Nix. None of them are that good, obviously, and this is mostly just a reaction to Pedro Alvarez's throwing struggles and to injuries to Neil Walker and Clint Barmes. Field will provide depth for awhile, but it's unlikely that he'll stick on the 40-man roster long.