Pirates release Xavier Paul
The Pirates have released outfielder Xavier Paul, who was recently taken off the roster when the Pirates needed to add prospects in advance of the Rule 5 Draft. Paul cleared waivers, leaving the Pirates no choice but to grant him his unconditional release. The Pirates did not have the option of outrighting Paul to the Minors.
Though GM Neal Huntington said the Pirates were interested in bringing Paul back as a bench player next year, the Pirates aren’t going to have that luxury. Because Paul was released during this particular time period, he is not eligible to re-sign with Pittsburgh until May 16. He will explore the free agent market in the meantime and should sign with another club this offseason.
Paul appeared in 121 games with the Pirates in 2011, which most of those appearances coming as a late-inning defensive substitution. Paul hit .254 and swiped 16 bases.
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