Pittsburgh Pirates: Relief Pitcher Jeremy Beasley Released

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Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Pirates made another series of roster moves within their Organization.  This included moving on from a relief pitcher.

The Pittsburgh Pirates made one trade at this past season’s Trade Deadline.  The team dealt away veterans Jose Quintana and Chris Stratton to the Cardinals.  This deal was after the team had traded away Daniel Vogelbach a couple of weeks before to the Mets.

However, the Bucs made one more deal at the Deadline. The team acquired relief pitcher Jeremy Beasley from the Toronto Blue Jays for Cash Considerations. This was not expected at the time as many, including myself, thought the team would be trading away Ben Gamel.  Instead, the last deal was to acquire a depth pitcher.

The Pittsburgh Pirates never called him up and he only appeared in one game in their minor leagues.  His career ERA is approaching 6 in just 24 innings of work. So it should really be no surprise that the team released the 26-year-old. However, why did the team acquire him, to begin with?  Likely as injury depth, the team called him up but he never made an appearance.

If anything would have happened to the typical relievers he would have been there to eat some innings.  They made it pretty obvious that they were not really interested in him purely based on his usage at the end of this past season.

He was already designated for assignment, meaning off the 40-man roster.  His outright release opens up a spot within the whole Organization.  Obviously, every roster spot counts, but the team did not have to release him.  It will be interesting to see if there is any more as to why this played out the way it did.

This news can be found on the Pittsburgh Pirates Transaction Page.  Be sure to check there for official roster moves.  While Twitter has the news first, nothing is official until the team announces the moves.