Found October 25, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates claimed pitcher Chad Beck and catcher Ali Solis off waivers on Thursday. Jeff Clement and Eric Fryer were designated for assignment to make room for Beck and Solis on the 40-man roster. Obviously, these are pretty minuscule moves in the grand scheme of things, but I’ll briefly break them down anyway. Beck is a 27 year old reliever that was recently DFA by the Blue Jays. The righty has only tossed 18 big-league innings (5.50 ERA) but had a very nice season in AAA this season. Well, kinda. He posted a 1.31 ERA with 18 saves, but did so with a low strikeout rate (4.5/9 innings). I’m guessing that’s a big part of the reason Toronto gave up on him. Still, useful relievers can often come seemingly out of nowhere, so I can understand giving him a shot. Beck will probably be part of a large crowd of similar fringe guys battling for a spot in the Pirates bullpen out of spring training. Solis is a catcher, but doesn’t really offer much hope of solving the Bucs’ catching woes in 20...
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