The Reds have claimed RHP Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates. The Bucs had designated him for assignment four days ago when they acquired RHP Pat Light from the Twins. With spring training now underway, it’s probably safe to assume Bonilla won’t become another Dragmire. That’s just as well, because it’s a lot harder to say “Lisalverto’d” than “Dragmired,”
The Pirates had signed Bonilla to a major league contract as a free agent last November. He spent last season in the Dodgers’ farm system after missing all of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. Despite being essentially a two-pitch pitcher (fastball and change), Bonilla had done fairly well in limited chances as a starter with Texas prior to the surgery. Had he stayed with the Pirates, he probably would have been a depth option as a starter and reliever.
With Bonilla’s departure, the Pirates still have RHP Nefi Ogando, who was dfa’d the day after Bonilla, in DFA limbo.