After news broke earlier in the day that the Pittsburgh Pirates lost Tucupita Marcano via waivers, three more players have come off the team's 40-man roster
Welcome to the offseason! One day after the completion of the World Series, the first roster moves of the offseason are in the books for the Pittsburgh Pirates. With these roster moves, four players have come off their 40-man roster.
Earlier in the day, news broke that Tucupita Marcao had been claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres. Shrotly after this, the Pirates confirmed that two more players had been lost to waivers while a third was traded to the Seattle Mariners.
Infielder Vinny Capra was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers while first baseman Alfonso Rivas is heading to Cleveland. Capra hit for a .167/.250/.222 slash line in 21 plate appearances with the Pirates last season.
Rivas came to the Pirates as part of the Rich Hill/Ji-Man Choi trade with the San Diego Padres in July. Between the Pirates and Padres, Rivas hit for a .229/.303/.422 slash line with a 94 wRC+. When Rivas was acquired he was viewed as nothing more than a body to play first base the rest of the season after Choi and Carlos Santana were traded, and that's exactly what he proved to be.
The player who was traded was reliever Cody Bolton. In his first taste of MLB action, Bolton pitched 21.1 innings in 16 outings with the Pirates last season. He struggled mightily posting a 6.33 ERA, 5.27 FIP, 14.0% walk rate, and a 20.6% strikeout rate. In return for Bolton, the Pirates will receive cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners.
With these moves, the Pirate 40-man roster now sits at 37 players. This will create room for when JT Brubaker, Oneil Cruz, and Angel Perdomo all come off the 60-day injured list.