Pirates Claim Xavier Paul

 

The Pirates have claimed Paul.

According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed outfielder Xavier Paul, who was recently designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Paul is a left handed hitting outfielder who is 5′ 9″, and 205 pounds.

In his 146 at-bat career with the Dodgers, he has a .233/.280/.329 line, which includes a 3-for-11 line this year.  The 26 year old has a career .320/.380/.502 line in 787 at-bats in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.

Paul is out of options, which means he will have to be on the 25-man roster.  It is likely that he will replace either John Bowker or Steve Pearce on the roster.  Pearce would be the most likely candidate, since he is hitting .238/.304/.238 this season, and has an option remaining.  Bowker is out of options, and is hitting for a .250/.294/.313 line.  That doesn’t mean Bowker wouldn’t be the odd-man out, as he and Paul would basically be filling the same role as a left handed outfield bat off the bench.

The Pirates also need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Paul, although that can be accomplished by removing someone like Chris Leroux.

UPDATE 2:38 PM: To make room for Paul on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have transferred Scott Olsen to the 60-day disabled list, according to Colin Dunlap.  To me, this makes it more likely that Paul will replace Steve Pearce on the 25-man roster.  The 40-man roster and payroll page is updated.

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