Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 10/25/12
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 2013. He’s been around the minors quite a bit and posted a decent line in Double-A this season (.283/.307/.419) with an encouraging 28% CS rate. Still, that pretty much puts him on par with or even below Tony Sanchez on the organizational depth chart. Solis did reach the majors at one point in 2012 but only got 4 at-bats. Essentially, he appears to be only a very slight improvement over Fryer (who he replaces on the roster) with a tad more upside. I certainly don’t mind dumping Fryer or Clement–at the very least, now we won’t have to deal with Clint Hurdle‘s ridiculous use of Clement as the first guy off the bench in one run games. Again, very minor moves that may not end up mattering at all (last year the Bucs claimed two guys around this time that were DFA’d again within a month) but at least it’s something else to talk about besides the Hoka Hey mess (about which I’m still not sure what to say).
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mike Trout to undergo MRI after suffering thumb injury

John Wall: Bench was cause of Wizards’ ‘downfall’

Arum says Pacquiao would fight McGregor if Mayweather won't

Aaron Judge hits first grand slam of his career

David Stern: Lakers could have had Chris Paul, GM panicked

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Jacobs vows to 'expose' Jim Harbaugh, get him fired

Mike Zimmer won’t retire even if right eye goes blind

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Errol Spence is the real deal, takes down Kell Brook

Indians reveal Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Meet your Stanley Cup finalists: Nashville Predators

Getaway Day: There's a murderer's row in the NL West

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker