The Pirates Lose Miguel Yajure on Waivers to the San Francisco Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates are having a busy day of transactions, including one minor league signing and three players being lost on waivers. The third player is right-handed pitcher Miguel Yajure, who was claimed by the San Francisco Giants.

Yajure was one of the four players acquired by the Pirates in the Jameson Taillon trade with the New York Yankees after the 2020 season. Roansy Contreras has emerged as the key piece in the deal, but he was rated about the same overall as Yajure (depending on the source) when the deal was made. They went in opposite directions, as Yajure has had trouble staying healthy in Pittsburgh. 

Yajure had an 8.40 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP in 15 innings over three starts and one relief appearance for the Pirates in 2021. He saw more big league time in 2022, but the results got worse. He had an 8.88 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP in 24.1 innings, while mostly pitching in relief. He threw 102.1 innings in the minors (mostly with Triple-A Indianapolis) over the past two seasons. The 24-year-old Yajure has struggled this winter pitching in Venezuela as well.

The 40-man roster is now at 38 spots, with two spots open ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

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I wonder if this means they are getting ready to sign a pitcher and catcher? They definitely need 2 more catchers and at least a starter and a reliever. It will be interesting to see what they do.

Wilbur Miller

The timing is curious, because BC generally hasn’t made roster moves unless he’s had to, i.e., only after they’ve signed somebody. Looking at Ethan’s twitter timeline, Wednesday was the last day to put players on waivers prior to the Rule 5 draft. If they just wanted space for FA signings, there was no need to act yet. That suggests that the Pirates were trying to clear space prior to the draft. Can’t really imagine them making two picks, but they may just want to keep their options open.


I’m guessing they thought that the chances of a player clearing waivers was better now because of teams wanting to keep roster spots open for the draft (that was my thinking when we heard that Diaz had been DFA’d). There seemed to be an unusually high number of claims around the league yesterday, so I think other teams thought the same. But that thinking may have backfired, though I don’t think any of our losses will come back to haunt us. Of course, Yajure could regain the velocity he had prior to the trade and we may not find a backup catcher as competent as Sanchez, so we’ll see.


dropping yajure is fine – guys just as interesting as him hit the wire with some frequency. I just cant imagine prioritizing Bryse Wilson over Yajure.


Wilson showed some potential towards the end of the season. I’m not a believer, but in his last four starts he pitched like a #4 starter on a decent team (3.38 ERA, 4.45 FIP, .674 OPS allowed, 20 K’s vs. 8 BB’s in 24 IP). Again, way too small of a sample size for me to believe that he’ll be part of the next good Pirates team, but enough that I understand why they’d keep him over Yajure.


for me it’s largely the lack of minor league option for Wilson. I dont adore Yajure’s talent that much more than Wilson’s.

my opinion would differ if Wilson was able to be an up-and-down guy. but he’s not. he needs to be in MLB. At least Yajure could be sent up and down freely.


Three good moves! Cleaning house just a bit. But the 2 open spots are not for Rule 5, I can assure you.

b mcferren

he stinks


Not currently good enough to pitch in MLB? Gotcha. But be nice. He’s much better than I ever was, and his Mom or partner might stumble across this site.


And somehow this is getting overshadowed by another pitcher transaction this evening.


I thought for sure we were gonna sign DeGrom. Soooooooooooooo disappointed.😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒


He’s a brilliant pitcher and Chris Young is a talented GM, but gambling on a guy who’s thrown so few innings recently should be someon else’s bet.


You DO realize that I was being sarcastic, right? πŸ™‚


Oh yeah can you believe how much money he got? Chris martin to the sox is a real shocker


Since Yajure is gone maybe we can get an article showing an update on how the players we got for Taillon are doing now. Contreras is obvious but I am interested in a more in depth analysis of the other players.

b mcferren

Canaan got hurt but dude is underrated and will come out big in 2023 after the first outfielder goes down on the major league roster


Forgot that’s where we got Canaan from. As an Ohio State fan I have seen a lot of how athletic his brother is.


As an OSU fan, you must be happy right now. Though living in SEC country, I think Alabama deserves the 4th playoff spot πŸ˜‰


Your optimism about CSN is impressive. I wish that I shared it. But I also hope that your optimism is rewarded!

b mcferren

yes , I think Canaan is the best of the crop of Suwinski, Mitchell, Swaggerty, Frazier, Scott, etc…


His only tool is his ability to get base on balls. He has little power and doesn’t steal bases,. BRef projects him to only hit .247.

I am not a huge fan of Cal or Jack, but both seem to have more projection than CSN.


If he’s half as athletic as his brother, see last year’s rose bowl, he can be special.


We can use him at the goal line??


Just Contreras is pretty good for a guy who hadn’t pitched in two years and was coming off of his SECOND TJ.

We got Escotto and CSN, too. Neither of whom excite me that much.

Last edited 2 months ago by leefieux

I have seen CSN in Altoona and really like him. I think b mcferren is right in saying he’s under rated. He is a guy I like and I think can put it together.

“There ain’t no place like a hole in the ground,
Like a hole in the ground,
Like a hole in the ground.
There ain’t no place like a hole in the ground
With a big fat goon a floatin’ around!”


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