Pirates’ roster shakeup starts with seven cuts, claiming Perez off waivers

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates' roster shakeup got underway Friday, jettisoning seven players from the roster and claiming another player off of waivers.

Utility player Kevin Kramer, catcher Luke Maile, right-hander Yacksel Rios and outfielder Jason Martin were all reinstated from the 60-day injured list and outrighted off the 40-man roster. Catcher John Ryan Murphy also cleared waivers and was outrighted.

Additionally, left-hander Brandon Waddell was claimed by the Twins and right-hander Nick Tropeano was claimed by the Mets.

The Pirates' 40-man roster currently sits at 36, but they will still need to add players from the injured list by Sunday at 5 p.m. That means they will need to clear at least three more spots by then.

After removing two catchers from the roster, the Pirates claimed Rays backup Michael Perez off waivers to be in the mix for a backup spot.

The 28-year-old, left-handed hitter Perez slashed .167/.237/.238 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 93 plate appearances for the Rays during the regular season. He went 2-for-7 with a home run in the postseason for them. He has a good defensive reputation, amassing four defensive runs saved over 549 career innings played in parts of three seasons in the majors. However, he has been graded as a slightly below average pitch framer in the last two years.

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