Pirates Claim Pitcher Anthony Banda from Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday afternoon that they have claimed left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda from the New York Mets. He was designated for assignment on Saturday. He has pitched parts of five seasons in the majors, though it has amounted to 58.2 innings over 23 appearances, five of those as a starter. Banda, who turns 28 years old next week, gave up eight runs and 14 hits in 7.1 innings in five appearances with the Mets this year. He began the year in Triple-A for the San Francisco Giants, where he had a 6.86 ERA in 39.1 innings. The Mets received him in a trade on July 2nd. In three outings with the Mets in Triple-A, he had a 5.23 ERA in 10.1 innings. Banda allowed nine runs over seven innings with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020. He has a 6.14 ERA in the majors.