Same deal. It’s not a 25-man roster because the Pirates haven’t lost many position players on waivers since Neal Huntington took over. I picked a dozen pitchers and listed all the position players shown at bb-ref, plus a couple of others. Bb-ref only lists transactions involving players who’ve seen action in the majors, so Brian Jeroloman and Willy Garcia, for example, aren’t listed there.
Obviously, there’s not much to regret here. Just one real gem in Hunter Strickland. (I have this probably unrealistic notion that AJ Schugel would give the Pirates a gem on their side of the ledger if they’d just get over their obsession with Jared Hughes and give him a shot.) I’m guessing this is pretty standard with waiver claims: you get the rare relief find, plus the occasional Pedro Florimon triple, and otherwise just a few decent middle relief innings here and there. It’s probably an indication that, in spite of what all us fans think, with increasingly rare exceptions, MLB teams just aren’t run by idiots.
Sixteen days to pitchers and catchers!
Dan Moskos (couldn’t resist)