Two ex-players have claimed waivers
Two former Pittsburgh Pirates players have been claimed off waivers in the past 24 hours as they prepare to embark on the next journey in their baseball careers
It’s waiver request season in all of baseball. On Friday, two former Pittsburgh Pirates payers went mad as they were claimed for waivers. With that, the next journey in their baseball career begins.
Junior Fernández was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates in September. This came after he was nominated for an assignment by the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite possessing two-plus seam power, Fernández has always struggled with control, which led him to struggle to find traction at the majors.
Earlier this week, Fernández was slated for assignment by the Pirates. This was done as the team needed to make room on its 40-man roster for Rule 5 protected draft prospects. Fernández pitched just 3.1 innings as a pirate, allowing one hit, in marching four and retiring two.
On Friday, Fernández was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees. The last time a pirate reliever with more tricks but struggling to control went to the Yankees, it was Clay Holmes who became one of baseball’s best relief pitchers. For the sake of Twitter Pirates, let’s hope this doesn’t happen again.