The Pirates have designated infielder Cole Figueroa and righty Jorge Rondon for assignment, the club announced. They lost their roster spots to make way for infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier and righty Juan Nicasio.
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Figueroa, 28, saw limited action in Pittsburgh this year and has still yet to crack the century mark in major league plate appearances. But he’s a versatile fielder who owns a .288/.356/.376 batting line in 1,777 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.
Rondon, who is also 28, has seen just 19 frames at the major league level over the past three seasons. The results have been less than stellar in that minuscule sample, but he too has had his successes in the upper minors. Across 238 2/3 Triple-A innings, Rondon owns a 2.72 ERA with 7.1 K/9 against 3.7 BB/9.