Pirates Designate John Bowker For Assignment

THURSDAY: The Pirates officially announced the move this morning.

WEDNESDAY: The Pirates will designate John Bowker for assignment tomorrow morning, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (on Twitter). The Pirates needed to clear 25-man roster space for Xavier Paul, whom the Pirates claimed off of waivers from the Dodgers yesterday.

With Jose Tabata, Andrew McCutchen, Garrett JonesMatt Diaz and Lyle Overbay on the roster and Paul on his way, the Pirates will cut Bowker instead of carrying another outfielder/first baseman. In 18 plate appearances this year, he has a .250/.333/.313 line, not far from his career marks of .238/.289/.391. The 2004 third-rounder has already appeared at first base and in right field, the two positions he has played most often in his four big league seasons.


17 Responses to Pirates Designate John Bowker For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. leachim2 4 years ago

    The Pirates will take him. Oh wait.

    • formerdraftpick 4 years ago

      I don’t fully know the waiver rules but couldn’t the Pirates technically claim Bowker back, place Paul on waivers, and once they claim Bowker, place Paul back on waivers again, and keep continuing the process leaving both players in limbo (or until Selig intervenes)? Just like the Lamb Chop song…”The Song that Never Ends.”

  2. blackandorangepride 4 years ago

    John Bowker the tease that is John Bowker has been DFA’d. He created so much optimism in Spring Training last year, then he fell flat on his face again. I lost count how many times I got excited about him coming up only to disappoint again and again. Unfortunately Todd Linden now has company in the “sluggers who never panned out” club, Bowker just never figured out major league pitching. I think he ends up with the Mariners.

  3. pirateswillwinin2013 4 years ago

    someone will claim him, he needs a opportunity to play a little bit, letting him DH in the AL once in awhile will help i think

  4. Does anyone think a team will claim him? I don’t really see him as a fit on any team he might just slip right on through waivers….

    • Lastings 4 years ago

      If Jeff Clement can easily go by, why not Bowker?

  5. bucs2011 4 years ago

    I really like Clint Hurdle.. but he is starting to scare me….Pearce is horrible…Cedeno dawgs it…and Doumit…his defense is bad….and Lyle Overbay looks old all the sudden….like a grandfather who gets to play ball with his grandsons at the family picnic…it looks like the streak continues on in 2011:(

  6. Jeff Weissbuch 4 years ago

    Pirate fans just be glad your bum has been cut

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