Bucs make flurry of roster moves on Friday

By Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

First off, my apologies for the tardiness in this. Jury duty got in the way. Anyways, you can find a full recap of all the roster moves that the Pirates made on Friday right here. The full story includes comments and explanations from GM Neal Huntington, too.

In review, the Pirates added seven players to the 40-man roster on Friday:

  • Jose Ascanio and Evan Meek were taken off the 60-day disabled list and added
  • Right-hander Chris Jakubauskas was claimed off waivers from Seattle
  • Brad Lincoln, Bryan Morris, Gorkys Hernandez and Ramon Aguero were prospects so that they could be protected from Rule 5 Draft.

In order to have enough room for all these additions, the following players were removed from the 40-man roster:

  • Jeff Karstens, Robinzon Diaz and Justin Thomas were all designated for assignment.

A few things to note regarding all of this…

  • Diaz cannot be put on waivers and outrighted to Triple-A (because of his service time), so if the Pirates can’t trade him in the next 10 days, they will release him. Huntington said he doesn’t expect Diaz to be interested in possibly resigning with the club if that’s what happens.
  • Huntington said that the club will explore the trade market for both Karstens and Thomas in the next 10 days. But, if no trade partners are found, the Pirates hope both pitchers will clear waivers and remain with the organization. The team will have the ability to outright both pitchers if no one grabs them off waivers.
  • Why add Jakubauskas and remove Karstens? Huntington said the players would essentially serve the same role on the club and have the same ability. The difference is that Jakubauskas has options remaining and Karstens doesn’t. For that reason, the Pirates found Jakubauskas more appealing of an option.
  • Erik Kratz moves up to third on the catching depth chart. However, Huntington said that he will continue explore the Minor League and Major League free agent catchers this offseason for other options.
  • Huntington said the organization has not determined yet whether it will make a selection in the Rule 5 Draft. If the Pirates decide to do so, they’ll have to open up a roster spot somehow.

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