-- Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted that "Pirates claim Xavier Paul, source says." He's a 26 year-old AAAA-lookin' OF'er, plus speed, plus glove, left-handed hitter, but with .233 BA in the bigs.
He didn't get much chance to prove himself in the show as the Dodgers only batted him 146 times in three years.
Paul hit .291 with a .360 OBP in the minors and 93 stolen bases, but is a big strikeout guy for a top-of-the-order kinda hitter, K'ing on 21% of his plate appearances.
The OF'er can play all three positions and has a strong arm, but unfortunately for him, had a staph infection of his foot in 2009, a neck injury (bulging disc) in 2010, and was out-of-options on a team that's loaded with outfielders in 2011. Guess the Bucs have finally found their McCutch/Tabata backup.
The Bucs will have to do some roster shuffling to clear a spot for Paul.
The first move was putting Scott Olson on the 60-day DL to clear a spot on that roster. That move makes it likely that Pearce, who has an option, will get sent to Indy to clear a spot for Paul on the major league roster, although John Bowker remains a dark-horse candidate to go.
Paul becomes arb-eligible after the 2012 season as a Super-Two player.
-- Charlie Morton goes against Matt Cain at 7:05 PM tonight. The game will be televised on Root Sports.
The lineup is: Andrew McCutchen CF, Matt Diaz LF, Lyle Overbay 1B, Neil Walker 2B, Garrett Jones RF, Ryan Doumit C, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Brandon Wood SS, Charlie Morton P.
If you're keeping count, it took Wood three games to take Ronny Cedeno's spot, and Jose Tabata gets a day off. And if there's a more unlikely pair to bat 2-3 than Matt Diaz and Lyle Overbay, we would hate to meet them.