The Pirates have claimed right-handed reliever Jake Barrett, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic tweets. Barrett had recently been designated for assignment by the Giants. Chad Kuhl was moved to the Pirates’ 60-day injured list in a corresponding move; Kuhl will likely miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last September.
Barrett finds himself with his third different organization in under a month. After the Giants acquired him from the Diamondbacks in early February, Barrett then entered DFA limbo once again after San Francisco claimed Hanser Alberto.
The 27-year-old righty will now vie for a job in Pittsburgh’s bullpen this spring, following a season that saw him toss just seven MLB innings for Arizona. Barrett posted solid numbers (3.49 ERA, 2.00 K/BB rate, 8.5 K/9 over 59 1/3 innings) in his 2016 season, but has been less effective ever since, appearing in just 35 total games for the D’Backs in 2017-18 and posting a 5.03 ERA over 34 frames.