Pirates Add Four Players to 40-Man Roster, DFA Michael Perez

The Pittsburgh Pirates had until 6:00 PM today to add prospects to their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month and they went right to the wire. They added infielder Liover Peguero, and outfielders Travis Swaggerty, Canaan Smith-Njigba and Jack Suwinski. To make room of the 40-man roster, which was at 37 players going into today, catcher Michael Perez was designated for assignment.

The Pirates have some high profiles prospects who were not protected, as Wilbur Miller covered this morning. That group includes Cody Bolton, Tahnaj Thomas, Mason Martin, Omar Cruz, Cal Mitchell and Eddie Yean. It’s going to be an interesting day once we get to the Rule 5 draft…

Travis Swaggerty played just 12 games at Triple-A this season before he suffered a season-ending injury diving back to first base on a pick-off play. He’s expected to be healthy at the start of Spring Training in 2022.

Liover Peguero spent the season at Greensboro, where he hit .270/.332/.444 in 90 games, with 14 homers and 28 stolen bases. He turns 21 years old on New Year’s Eve.

Jack Suwinski was acquired from the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline as part of the Adam Frazier deal. He hit .252/.359/.391 in 45 games for Altoona after the trade. He had a .949 OPS in 66 games in Double-A before the deal.

Canaan Smith-Njigba just finished his Arizona Fall League season today, and posted an OPS just over a .900 mark. During the regular season at Altoona, he hit .274/.398/.406 in 66 games. He went 2-for-21 in seven games at Indianapolis this season.

Perez hit .143/.221/.290 in 70 games for the Pirates this year. He finished with -0.7 WAR, his second straight season with a negative WAR number.