Karstens, Thomas outrighted to Triple-A; Diaz gone

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Both Jeff Karstens and Justin Thomas cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis. The two pitchers had been taken off the team’s 40-man roster on Nov. 20 when the Pirates needed to add some Minor League players to it.

Karstens and Thomas will both be invited to Spring Training as non-roster invitees. And each will be given a chance to compete for a spot in the Major League bullpen.

Catcher Robinzon Diaz also cleared waivers but was given his unconditional release. Diaz now becomes a Minor League free agent and is not expected to resign with the organization.

UPDATE 4:37 pm: One other important note worth making — Though Karstens remains with the organization, he is no longer arbitration eligible because he was outrighted off the Major League roster. Karstens had narrowly qualified for abitration as a Super Two player.

What this means is that the Pirates will not owe Karstens, who is now technically a Minor League player, as much even if he makes the Major League club out of Spring Training.

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