Pirates Claim Brandon Jones Off Waivers

WEDNESDAY, 9:20am: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Jones was "claimed him with the hope of including him in a trade."  A trade could free up a spot for Octavio Dotel, with whom an agreement is close.  Recently-designated Steven Jackson could be dealt as well.  Pirates GM Neal Huntington recently explained to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch that Jackson's ERA (3.14) was not indicative of his skills (0.95 K/BB). 

TUESDAY, 2:42pm: The Pirates have claimed outfielder Brandon Jones off waivers from the Braves, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Atlanta designated the 26-year-old for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Eric Hinske.  As Bowman notes, the Pirates have "routinely shown interest" in Jones.  Jones was mentioned when the Braves were pursuing Jason Bay in the summer of '08.

The Nationals were the only other team who had a chance to claim Jones before the Pirates grabbed him.


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40 Comments on "Pirates Claim Brandon Jones Off Waivers"


MRPost
5 years 7 months ago

nice pickup.. was hoping no one was paying attention and he’d become the Yankees LF haha

MRPost
5 years 7 months ago

nice pickup.. was hoping no one was paying attention and he’d become the Yankees LF haha

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

I thought the Pirates were going to claim him. However, I started to think the Mets might have made a move first considering the Beltran situation and the fact that the Pirates haven’t been able to free up some room on the 40 man roster as quickly as they may have wanted to. Who will be put on waivers from the Pirates or is another trade imminent? Moss? Vasquez? Walker? Pearce? Room also has to be made for D.J. Carrasco and a potential Dotel signing. Since Carrasco signed a minor league contact, it’s not as pressing. Things are getting interesting in Pittsburgh.

dharr18
5 years 7 months ago

Since Carrasco was a minor league contract, no room was required on the 40 man roster.

Todd Smith
5 years 7 months ago

I’m not sure that is correct. They just had to trade Brian Bixler away yesterday to make room for Donnelly, so they should have to clear another spot for Jones as well.

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

Hi Todd. That is exactly what we are saying. The Pirates needed to make a move of one of their current roster players in order to place Donnelly on the roster. That is correct. So they moved Bixler, which cleared the space. Now they have another situation. The 40 man roster is full once again, if they were to add Brandon Jones to it, someone has to go. Likewise with Carrasco or Dotel, if the Pirates would like to place them on the 40 man roster. I’m interested to see if LaRoche, Imu or Walker end up with either the Padres or O’s before midseason.

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

The roster is back down to 40. Steven Jackson was designated for assignment. That’s a shame. He was a bright spot in the bullpen last year and will definitely get picked up.

dharr18
5 years 7 months ago

I was responding to the comment of opening a roster spot for Carrasco. sorry if that was not clear.

Todd Smith
5 years 7 months ago

I’m not sure that is correct. They just had to trade Brian Bixler away yesterday to make room for Donnelly, so they should have to clear another spot for Jones as well.

dharr18
5 years 7 months ago

Since Carrasco was a minor league contract, no room was required on the 40 man roster.

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

I thought the Pirates were going to claim him. However, I started to think the Mets might have made a move first considering the Beltran situation and the fact that the Pirates haven’t been able to free up some room on the 40 man roster as quickly as they may have wanted to. Who will be put on waivers from the Pirates or is another trade imminent? Moss? Vasquez? Walker? Pearce? Room also has to be made for D.J. Carrasco and a potential Dotel signing. Since Carrasco signed a minor league contact, it’s not as pressing. Things are getting interesting in Pittsburgh.

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

You are 100% correct dharr18 and I should have worded my comment in the way that you wrote. However, based on the contract to Carrasco, I don’t think that they plan on having him pitch at AAA this year. Once subsequent moves are made, you’ll see Carrasco moving to the 40 man roster. Most likely during or at the end of Spring Training. Just speculation.

BLZR
5 years 7 months ago

There are a few players (Delwyn Young, Brandon Moss, John Raynor) who are competing for spots and can’t be optioned by the team. That means once ST is over there will likely end up being an open 40 man spot for Carrasco (or someone else) anyway. They don’t need to worry about him at this point.

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months ago

You are 100% correct dharr18 and I should have worded my comment in the way that you wrote. However, based on the contract to Carrasco, I don’t think that they plan on having him pitch at AAA this year. Once subsequent moves are made, you’ll see Carrasco moving to the 40 man roster. Most likely during or at the end of Spring Training. Just speculation.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Wow i cant belive the Royals didnt get him lol… Seein that they always gettin braves players lol

atlbraves312
5 years 7 months ago

haha… i know..

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Royals didn’t get the chance.

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Thank god im tired of them gettin braves players lol.. look on there roster and look at who they invited to spring trainin lol

RiverKKiller999
5 years 7 months ago

Wow i cant belive the Royals didnt get him lol… Seein that they always gettin braves players lol

bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

Please, for the love of God, drop Vazquez next!

stko1103
5 years 7 months ago

Pirates need to drop Brandon Moss right now..

drufan11
5 years 7 months ago

Look for Jones to move again…there are whispers that he is being packaged in a multi-player deal

bobwickmansnavellint
5 years 7 months ago

Braves fans appreciated Brandon’s contributions and wish him well with the Pirates. He deserves a shot a more playing time in a less stressful situation.

DempseyK
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette speculates that a deal is immanent. This is potentially the most interesting off season for Pirates baseball that I can remember in recent history. Good Stuff Neal.

5 years 7 months ago

I really like the off-season moves, Jones could be a real still or nice turn around piece. The Bucs are actually starting to accumulate talent, looks like Neal knows what he’s doing. Moss, Young or Vazquez… Who’s on the next bus out of the ‘Burgh?

bucco_nation
5 years 7 months ago

we just axed steven jackson, which is fine, but there’s definitely some other guys that should of went before him. i’m pretty sure one more guy has to go when and if the Dotel signing becomes official

DempseyK
5 years 7 months ago

Well, just because Jackson was DFA’ed doesnt mean he wont be traded rather than placed on waivers.

I would imagine that Stephen is going to be packaged with a few other players in 2 or 3 for one deal (originally speculated by Dejan before Jacksons DFA)

Ramon Vasquez needs to go also, and i would rather see Gorkys hernandez traded rather than Brandon Jones. We already have too many projectable Center Field type players with little to no power…give B Jones the chance to prove he has power.

bucco_nation
5 years 7 months ago

Yea, I’ve never been too high on Gorkys, especially with our OF depth.

DempseyK
5 years 7 months ago

Dont get me wrong, Gorkys has value…just not to us. Cutch will be our Centerfielder for a long long time.

Brandon Jones at least ‘projects’ to establish power and potentially be a pull hitter, which makes him a viable corner outfielder down the road. Whereas the only baseball related item that Gorkys projects to pull would be his hamstring. lol

dharr18
5 years 7 months ago
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

the braves tried pretty hard to trade b. jones and couldnt. pirates fans shouldnt get their hopes up, but ill give them a pat on the back if they can.

5 years 7 months ago

I love how Neal Huntington talks about Jackson’s ERA not being indicative of his skills. I think us Braves fans can relate to that, take a look at the misadventures of Jeff Bennett. Also, I think Brandon Jones could be a serviceable back-up. Jones had decent speed, played pretty good defense. He can do most things well, just no power and well the Braves kept waiting for it, but it never happened (insert erectile dysfunction joke here).

michaelseeley
5 years 7 months ago

Just looking at his minor league numbers, he looks a lot like the Royals current left fielder, David Dejesus. Average power, average speed, average defense. All in all an average player, but without any obvious holes in his game. There is good value there. Can’t believe the Braves just gave him away.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Minor trade… for who?… Steven Jackson wasn’t a great reliever, he had a total whip of 1.40. I was there the night he pitched against the indians and gave up 5 runs in the ninth.

I would trade Brandon Moss and keep Brandon Jones. Nice steal by Neil Huntington!!