The Pirates have announced that they've reinstated Juan Nicasio from the restricted list and selected the contract of utilityman Adam Frazier. To make room for those players on the active and 40-man rosters, they've optioned Jacob Stallings back to Triple-A and designated Jorge Rondon and Cole Figueroa for assignment.
On the podcast last week, I identified Frazier as a player who might be able to help the Bucs. I'm not sure if he actually will, but he had a .401 OBP at Indianapolis while playing four positions (second, shortstop, left field and center field) and he's 24. There's no reason, at this point, for the Pirates not to find out what they have here. I'm Frazier won't start regularly, but given his versatility, he could collect his fair share of playing time, particularly if he comes out of the gate strong. He has never before played in the big leagues.
Figueroa, who like Frazier is a versatile, lefty-hitting infielder with little power, loses his roster spot. He's a useful player who would be worth keeping in the system, but he doesn't have a season like Frazier's 2016 on his resume, and he's four years older.
I assume we don't need to spend much time discussing why the Pirates designated Rondon. The better question is whether he was the right choice to be added to the roster in the first place.