Gregory Polanco placed on waivers
ST. LOUIS – The oldest pirate could move on to a new team.
Polanco, 29, was signed as an amateur free agent in 2009 by the Pirates, and has spent the last eight seasons with the Major League squad. The outfielder has struggled to launch his offense over the past two seasons, hitting 0.183 with 18 home runs in 151 games.
However, Polanco crushed baseballs when he squared them, as he’s consistently near the top of the maximum exit speed rankings. If Polanco’s time is over with the Pirates, another club could shoot him as a fourth outfielder or bench batsman with homerun potential.
As they reorganize, the Pirates want to give Major League opportunities to young players and future prospects. One of those players, Anthony Alford, is eligible to drop off the injured list on Monday and would require a roster change if he were to be activated, as general manager Ben Cherington said he expected this is the case on his Sunday radio show.
The Pirates also have four of their best prospects to secure field reps at Double-A Altoona or Triple-A Indianapolis: Tucupita Marcano (No.9), Matt Fraizer (No.23), Canaan Smith-Njigba (No.28 ) and Jack Suwinski (# 30). Their opportunities will come sooner or later, maybe in September or next season.