The Pittsburgh Pirates off season began quickly today with the announcement that club options would not be picked up. Now four more moves rolled out of the Federal Street offices.
The Pirates announced that four players have been outrighted to AAA Indianapolis. The players are all everything Steve Pearce who just couldn’t stay healthy enough this season to be a factor for the Bucs offense. Pearce is eligible for Super Two status.
Two pitchers were outrighted both with different backgrounds. Right handed pitcher Kevin Hart who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs a few years back has great stuff, but can’t stay healthy. We would anticipate Hart remaining with the club. But left-hander Brian Burres who pitched mostly in AAA this season until late season injuries forced the Bucs to bring him to the majors could be a different story.
The arbitration case of infielder Brandon Wood might have had a small factor in the Pirates decision, but the big reason had to be his struggles against breaking pitches. Wood improved, but when you improve from one of the worst hitters in the majors, well…you know.
Each of these players could declare for free agency and if they do we will let you know, so once again, stay tuned.
Update: Make it five roster spots: @BucsInsider tweeted that the Pirates have outrighted Aaron Thompson to AAA