July 11: Brice has cleared waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis, per Justice delos Santos of MLB.com. It’s unclear if Brice has accepted the assignment or elected free agency.
July 6: The Pirates have designated right-hander Austin Brice for assignment and optioned lefty Cam Vieaux to Triple-A Indianapolis, per a team announcement. That pair of moves creates space for right-hander Yerry De Los Santos to return from the Covid-related injured list and for newly acquired southpaw Manny Banuelos to be added to the active roster.
Brice spent a couple weeks in the majors, having been selected to the roster in late June. Signed to a minor league deal over the winter, the 30-year-old earned a brief look with a strong showing in Indianapolis. Across 26 2/3 innings, Brice posted a solid 3.04 ERA while striking out a lofty 27.2% of opposing hitters and inducing grounders on more than half the batted balls he allowed. Since adding him to the MLB staff, Pittsburgh has deployed him on only two occasions for low-leverage relief work.
While a limited look, that did mark Brice’s seventh consecutive year stepping onto a major league mound. He’s also played for the Marlins (a pair of separate stints), Reds and Red Sox. He’s typically racked up grounders at a solid clip and sports a fastball in the mid-90s, but he’s generally had issues keeping runs off the board at the highest level. Brice has allowed fewer than four earned runs per nine innings just once in a season, and he owns a 5.16 ERA through 165 2/3 career MLB innings.
The Pirates will presumably try to send Brice through waivers over the coming days. His quality Triple-A numbers may earn him a look from another team, but he is out of minor league option years. That means any team that claims him would have to keep him on their active roster or designate him for assignment themselves. Brice cleared outright waivers twice last season with Boston, meaning he’ll have the right to refuse an assignment back to Indianapolis in favor of minor league free agency if he goes unclaimed again.
This picture for Brice is terrifying
Just like his stats
Minor League depth that you hope you will not need to use.
My pitiful Pirates. How I miss the days of winning baseball and packed ballpark. There is still hope something turns it around. Cruz maybe another utility player or Billy Hamilton (but with a lot more power) type after all. Low BA and ops. Keller is a bust. No true future SP on the current roster. Hopefully Priester figures it out to get at least 1 good SP. Contreras still has a chance to turn it around and looks a bit better than Keller at the moment. JT hasn’t been horrible and had a few bad outings that ballooned his ERA. Quintana is not the future but looks alright considering his age and the innings he’s thrown with that arm for 10+ years at the MLB level. Everyone else is just a bullpen arm on the starting 5.
Offensively, 1B is a joke. Vogelbach and Yoshi, enough said. The turtle Vogelbach is hitting the homers and the team leader with HRs. It’s so ugly offensively, people are giving away the tickets so opposing teams fans. No fan wants to see this circus any longer than next year. No progress, no rear ends in the seats. New GM, scouting, development staff, and coaches from manager to pitching coach, will be in order. Otherwise the team is forced to be sold and moved out of Pittsburgh. PNC Park lease expires soon. 2026 I believe
Hey Austin, can you take Van Meter with you?
it’s hard to fathom why the Pirates think playing Van Meter at all would be productive to the team
You’re no Pirate fan. You have no idea what you’re talking about
One of the worst takes I’ve seen from someone on this sight. The Pirates are fine, the pitching has a little promise in the minors.
Once, Brice ,three times a… dfa’dy
Buuba ho tep
Looking at tonight’s lineup ….marisnick, gamel, Newman, van meter. They aren’t going to get much in trades for these junkmen. It’s just taking playing time from the future pirates.
Now Keller has been pitching better. Cruz doesn’t have 100 at bats yet.
Vogelbach does not lead the team in home runs.
Reynolds has 15 to 12 for vogelbach.
Only change needing done is Shelton.