The Pittsburgh Pirates made some moves ahead of Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. It was announced yesterday that Miguel Andujar was claimed off of waivers. He has joined the team, along with catcher Jose Godoy, who needed to be added to the 40-man roster. To make room on the active roster, both infielder Michael Chavis and outfielder Greg Allen were designated for assignment.
Andujar hit .229/.250/.281 this season in 27 games for the New York Yankees. Godoy was with the Pirates earlier in the season as a waiver claim, before being DFA’d. He has played seven big league games this year between the Minnesota Twins and Pirates, going 0-for-10 at the plate. Catcher Tyler Heineman was placed on the injured list over the weekend due to a concussion and Zack Collins caught one day, but it appears that he isn’t thought of as a suitable backup to Jason Delay.
Chavis hit .229/.265/.389 in 129 games for the Pirates this season, showing some extra-base power, but not much else, leading to a -0.4 WAR for the season. He did well in April and May, but has struggled since then, going from an .837 OPS on June 1st, to a .574 OPS in 88 games since then.
Allen was injured to start the season and returned to the Pirates quickly during his rehab due to some roster movement at the time. So it was worth giving him a longer look after a slow start, because he didn’t go through a full rehab process. However, he is hitting .186/.260/.271 in 46 games this season. He compiled -0.1 WAR.
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