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"


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MRPost
5 years 5 months ago

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

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MRPost
5 years 5 months ago

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

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formerdraftpick
5 years 5 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.

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dharr18
5 years 5 months ago

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

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Todd Smith
5 years 5 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.

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formerdraftpick
5 years 5 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.

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formerdraftpick
5 years 5 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.

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dharr18
5 years 5 months ago

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

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Todd Smith
5 years 5 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.

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dharr18
5 years 5 months ago

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

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formerdraftpick
5 years 5 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.

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formerdraftpick
5 years 5 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.

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BLZR
5 years 5 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.