Garrett Olson Clears Waivers

WEDNESDAY: Olson cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A, tweets Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

FRIDAY: The Pirates announced that they designated Garrett Olson for assignment to create roster space for another southpaw, Joe Beimel. After a stint on the disabled list due to elbow inflammation, Beimel is set to pitch for the Pirates for the first time since 2003.

Pittsburgh claimed Olson from the Mariners in March and he allowed two hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and posting a 2.08 ERA. Last year, the 27-year-old posted a 4.54 ERA with 7.4 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and a 37.1% ground ball rate in 37 2/3 innings of relief with the Mariners. Olson, a 2005 first rounder, started 33 games for the Orioles in 2007-08 before they traded him.


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14 Comments on "Garrett Olson Clears Waivers"


Gumby65
4 years 4 months ago

The Pirates have completed their first goal of 2011, which was to eliminate all things Garrett.

4 years 4 months ago

now maybe the M’s can re-claim him along with Jeremy Reed, haha!

4 years 4 months ago

I wouldn’t be surrprised to see him claimed. Those numbers aren’t terrible.

omavricko
4 years 4 months ago

Retire already. Go throw the ball around with Snell

Infield Fly
4 years 4 months ago

Except that Snell should be back in the Majors (via the minors) ‘momentarily.’

Next plan?

formerdraftpick
4 years 4 months ago

Does the next move involve CedeƱo and Chase D’Arnaud?

jayrig5
4 years 4 months ago

I think the Cubs may try to get him. They traded for him once, and then dealt him quickly. But they could use him now, I’m sure.

baseballfreak25
4 years 4 months ago

Yankees are looking for a lefty for the pen so this could be a way for him to build some value and the Yankees to fill a void rather cheaply. Just a scenario.

m4r1n3r
4 years 4 months ago

This is no surprise. Olson is absolutely terrible. He’s Mariners offense bad kinda bad.

Gumby65
4 years 4 months ago

Ah well played on your part, nice fail on mine!

formerdraftpick
4 years 4 months ago

I think the Pirates would strongly consider a Garrett Jones trade.

Bucs
4 years 4 months ago

Pirates would definitely consider a trade unfortunately due to his god awful start no other team would consider a trade for him at this point.

bigpat
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t really like how it’s become the new cool thing to just assume Garrett Jones is garbage. Everyone was ready to build him a freaking statue in his first season, and he struggled last year yet still produced some and everyone is trying to run him out of town. Pittsburgh fans have always had short memories. I think he can quietly put up another 20+ HR season and improve on his OBP, but if not who cares? He’s making the minimum and there are no better options.

rayking
4 years 4 months ago

Well said. Better him than another Derek Bell.