Pirates claim Dean Anna off waivers from Yankees

Game 86: Make It Three
Saturday Night Open Thread

The Pirates have claimed infielder Dean Anna off waivers, the team announced. Anna confirmed the news himself on Twitter. The Yankees designated him for assignment the other day to clear a 40-man roster spot for Zelous Wheeler.

Anna, 27, was acquired from the Padres in a minor trade over the winter. He made the Opening Day roster, went 3-for-22 (.136) with a homer in 12 big league games before being sent to Triple-A Scranton, where he hit .192/.283/.292 (60 wRC+) in 36 games. Anna was probably third on the team’s shortstop depth chart, so while losing him isn’t the end of the world, it would have been nice to keep him in the organization.

Game 86: Make It Three
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • RetroRob

    A mortal blow to the Yankee organization.

  • JV

    There goes some of the bullpen depth. :)

    • Cheval Anonyme

      I’m all for it, if it gives Anna a better shot at getting back to the Majors.

  • Tanuki Tanaka

    Ol’ raccoon jumps onboard the pirate ship.

  • Farewell Mo

    Somewhere those RABers who all winter touted Anna as a super sleeper and the answer to the hole at 2nd base shed a tear.

    • Preston

      I do indeed.

  • Robert

    Good luck Dean Anna does this mean CC Culver moves up a notch?

  • Edb

    Still the best Girardi nickname ever. Can’t wait to hear Girardi start calling Zealous “Wheelie.”