Pittsburgh Pirates: Why Pick Up Infielder Kevin Padlo?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates made a waiver claim on Sunday, bringing in a new infielder.  He was immediately optioned to Triple-A.

It was a relatively quiet Trade Deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They swung two significant trades, dealing away veterans Jose Quintana, and Chris Stratton to the Cardinals, and Daniel Vogelbach to the Mets. The team also sent catcher Michael Perez to the Mets. On deadline day the Bucs made a small trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Jeremy Beasly. The Bucs sent cash considerations back in the deal.

So in terms of trades, there were no stunners for fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But since then the Pittsburgh Pirates have been pretty active.  The team cut veteran Yoshi Tsutsugo the day after the trade deadline.  Then they claimed catcher Jose Godoy off of waivers from the Minnesota Twins.  The team outrighted minor league veteran Taylor Davis to make room for Godoy.

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates made another waiver claim.  The team picked up off the waiver wire corner infielder Kevin Padlo. Padlo was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners to make room for an outfielder.  To make room on the 40-man roster, the Bucs released veteran outfielder Jake Marisnick. Marisnick was on the Injured List and will likely catch on with a contender once he is ready.