The Pirates have designated first baseman Chris McGuiness for assignment, the club announced. The move creates a 40-man roster spot for right-hander John Holdzkom, whose contract was selected last night.
McGuiness was originally acquired by the Bucs from the Rangers last December in exchange for righty Miles Mikolas. He didn’t see any action at the big league level for Pittsburgh this season and hit .264/.358/.412 with nine homers in 489 PA for Triple-A Indianapolis. Originally drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 draft by the Red Sox, McGuiness has an .801 OPS over 2438 career PA in the minors. The 26-year-old made his Major League debut in June 2013, appearing in 10 games with Texas.