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Pirates claim outfielder Xavier Paul off waivers from Dodgers

Apr 26, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh is making good use of the No. 1 waiver position, claiming Brandon Wood from the Angels last week and now snagging Xavier Paul off waivers from the Dodgers today.

I’m sure the Pirates will be mocked in some quarters for picking up other teams’ scraps and certainly neither waiver claim is going to be a franchise-defining move, but taking a no-risk flier on a former top prospect like Wood was a sound decision and the Dodgers never gave Paul the opportunity his minor-league production warranted.

Because the Dodgers never committed to him Paul has just 160 career plate appearances at age 26, but he’s also hit .320 with an .882 OPS in 203 games at Triple-A. His power is somewhat limited and playing half his games at Albuquerque in the Pacific Coast League mean those numbers need to be viewed through a very hitter-friendly filter, but at the very least Paul looks capable of being a solid left-handed bench bat or platoon starter with experience in all three outfield spots.

  1. wurst2first - Apr 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Pictured: The most compelling argument yet against keeping coaches in uniform.

  2. bigtrav425 - Apr 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Wood never really got a fair shot either.atleast in my opinion.gotta give a guy more then a few weeks to give him a fair shot

  3. vikingsfan000 - Apr 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    i agree give him a shot. every good player must start out a somewhere they dont just get traded around the league

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