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Pirates claim Brandon Wood off waivers from Angels

Apr 22, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

Brandon Wood, Howard Kendrick

Designated for assignment by the Angels last week, Brandon Wood has predictably been claimed off waivers by the Pirates, who had the No. 1 waiver position by virtue of their MLB-worst 57-105 record last year.

That the Angels couldn’t find a team willing to give up something of even marginal value for Wood shows just how far the one-time top prospect’s stock has fallen, but Pittsburgh is certainly an ideal destination.

Ronny Cedeno has hit just .170 through 18 games as the Pirates’ starting shortstop, so Wood should get a chance to wrestle playing time away from him there while also seeing action as a backup elsewhere.

He’s been historically inept through 173 big-league games, hitting .168 with 153 strikeouts versus 13 walks in 494 plate appearances, but despite seemingly being around forever Wood is still just 26 years old and has hit .283 with an .886 OPS over 330 games in the admittedly hitter-friendly environment at Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wood is certainly never going to be the superstar many people projected him to become just a few years ago and the complete lack of strike zone control means he may never even make it as a valuable role player, but there’s still some potential for usefulness and the Pirates can certainly afford to give him a few hundred plate appearances in an attempt to flesh it out.

  1. Joe - Apr 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    You ever have an old piece of furniture lying around the house? It’s barely functional, it takes up space and you get tired of looking at it. You put it up on Craig’s List hoping for five bucks, but nobody gives you a call. The night before trash day you put it on the curb, but the next morning it’s gone before the sanitation department comes.

    Now you know who swooped in during the middle of the night to take your trash. It was the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    • JBerardi - Apr 22, 2011 at 9:36 PM

      Not that it doesn’t make sense for the Pirates to be picking up this kind of player (failed prospect who’s still somewhat young), but I can’t get behind this. Wood is probably the worst player in major league baseball. In almost a full season’s worth of playing time over the course of his career, his OBP is under .200. No typo, that’s a 2, t-w-o. There’s no words to even describe how bad that is.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    The $25K waiver fee should be almost enough to hire two off-duty cops for 81 four hour shifts.

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