After being claimed off waviers in mid-September, catcher Matt Pagnozzi appeared in just two games for the Pirates. Today, Pagnozzi was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis, essentially ending his time with the Bucs. The Pirates also made two waiver claims this afternoon, taking right-hander Jeremy Hefner from the Padres and catcher Brian Jeroloman from the Blue Jays.
Hefner, 25, this year went 9-7 with a 4.98 ERA for Triple-A Tuscon. He racked up 120 strikeouts in 28 starts. Jeroloman, 26, played this year at Triple-A Las Vegas and hit .240 with 26 RBI in 79 games. There are 36 players on the 40-man roster, with more moves to come later today.
»»» Ryan Doumit has signed a one-year, $3-million deal with the Twins. Last week, Doumit turned down a one-year offer for about the same money from the Dodgers. … Infielder Brandon Wood signed with the Rockies.
»»» Today is the 125th anniversary of the Pirates joining the National League. It’s also the anniversary of one of the best trades in Pirates history. On this date in 1998, GM Cam Bonifay sent reliever Ricado Rincon to the Indians and brought Brian Giles to Pittsburgh.
»»» The wife of ex-Pirates pitcher Kris Benson is back in the news.