The Pittsburgh Pirates made two waiver claims yesterday, first picking up RHP Jeremy Hefner from the San Diego Padres, then claiming catcher Brian Jeroloman from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hefner had a 4.98 ERA last season with the Padres’ AAA affiliate. He struck out 120 batters and walked 61 in 157.1 innings. Hefner’s profile according to Pirates Prospects:
The right hander turns 26 in March, and throws an 89-91 MPH fastball that tops out at 93, along with a slider, and a changeup. All three pitches grade as average. He was the 15th best prospect in the Padres’ system according to Baseball America prior to the 2011 season. He profiles as a back of the rotation starter.
Jeroloman, 26, is a decent defensive catcher with little offensive talent. A sixth-round pick in 2006, he hit .240 with two home runs last season in AAA.
Catcher Ryan Doumit, whos option the Pirates declined last month, has signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins for $3 million. Doumit reportedly had offers from Seattle, Toronto and the LA Dodgers as well.
His base deal is worth less than the one Pittsburgh signed Rod Barajas to earlier this month, though Doumit’s deal is incentive rich.
The team has officially designated both Xavier Paul and Eric Fryer for assignment, removing them from the 40-man roster, while adding six players, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft. They are Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.
Pirates Prospects has a nice rundown of those players and what they could contribute to the team in the future.