Pirates Claim Ben Gamel Off Waivers, Designate Michael Feliz For Assignment

The Pirates keep making moves this morning. The team just announced that they’ve claimed outfielder Ben Gamel off waivers from Cleveland. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed Michael Feliz has been designated for assignment. The Pirates also recalled right-handed pitcher Geoff Hartlieb from Indianapolis.

Gamel was 1-for-14 this year with the Indians. In the previous four seasons, he has been around a .710-.735 OPS hitter, with speed and decent defense at the corners. The Pirates announced earlier that Bryan Reynolds was day-to-day, and they’ve been in need of outfielders with so many players banged up.

Feliz has decent numbers, but with a $1 M price tag and likely very little trade value as a middle reliever, he could have a chance at passing through waivers. Hartlieb has pitched two games in Indianapolis, and looked good during his time in Spring Training.