The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed third baseman Brent Morel off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, and followed that by designating shortstop Chase d'Arnaud for assignment, according to a team press release and the team's transaction page.
d'Arnaud was designated so that Morel could be added to the team's 40-man roster.
Morel was claimed off of waivers by the Blue Jays in December after being designated by the Chicago White Sox. He had played his entire professional career as a member of the White Sox organization previously, and played 12 games for the major league squad in 2013, notching five hits in 25 at bats. He saw extended time with the White Sox during the 2011 season, when he played 126 games. He hit .245 with a .653 OPS, adding 10 home runs and 45 RBI.
Last season with the Charlotte Knights, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, Morel hit .266 with a .751 OPS while supplying six home runs and 54 RBI.
Both Morel and d'Arnaud were drafted in the 2008 MLB draft, with Morel being selected in the third round while d'Arnaud went in the fourth. d'Arnaud had spent his entire professional career in the Pirates system. Injuries played a role in Jordy Mercer passing d'Arnaud up within the Pirates organization, and he was less than impressive in brief stints with the major league club in 2011 and, to a lesser extent, in 2012.
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