Yoervis Medina Sent Outright to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina to Indianapolis after he cleared waivers. He was designated for assignment on January 19th when the Pirates picked up pitcher A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Mariners. The Pirates picked up Medina just over a month ago after he was DFA’d by the Chicago Cubs.

Keeping Medina allows the Pirates to have more depth at Indianapolis for their bullpen. If they can get him back to the pitcher who posted a 2.93 ERA in 63 appearances for the Mariners in 2013, and a 2.68 ERA in 66 games the following season, he will be back in Pittsburgh some time during the 2016 season. Medina made just 17 appearances in the majors in 2015, posting a 4.71 ERA

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I’m also glad we were able to keep him- he actually could come in handy this year


I can’t believe no other weaker team doesn’t need an arm like his around competing for a job.

Blaine Huff

True, but I’m guessing most rosters are full. Dropping your worst to add someone else’s…meh.

But glad we got to keep him.


Will he be a NRI now?


Two former recent first round picks were DFA’d today – pitcher Jesse Biddle (Phillies) and outfielder Kyle Parker (Rockies). If given the opportunity, I would love to see the Pirates pursue Biddle – he was very highly regarded just 2-3 years ago….and still only 24-25…

Tom Brenholts

Well, the Phillies dropped Biddle to make room for Bobby Laframboise, so there’s that.

Blaine Huff

Biddle had TJS in October. Doubt he’d be ready before mid ’17.

And he wasn’t too impressive before that.


I’m glad we did not lose this guy…he is still pretty young and has shown he can be a good relief pitcher in the major leagues…


This is a very good outcome. I hate having a lot of pitchers that need to make the team out of spring training. This gives him time to focus on adjustments

dr dng

A little bit of good news for a change.


Glad we didn’t lose him. Another power arm who’s had some success. Can never have enough of those.


Agreed, he definitely could provide some value.

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