Back in November, the Pirates designated former Yankees right-hander Jeff Karstens for assignment. Yesterday, they designated Steven Jackson.
Today, it was Anthony Claggett’s turn to be DFA.
From a Yankees perspective, the most interesting thing about Jackson and Claggett being designated this week is that each move came with reports that the Pirates tried to make a trade instead of a DFA to open a roster spot. Obviously, the Pirates weren’t able to work out a deal. The same thing happened to the Yankees last season when they lost Jackson and Claggett on waivers rather than trading them.
I don’t think fans — or general managers — ever like to lose a player on waivers, but sometimes there simply isn’t a trade market for a particular player. Apparently the Yankees weren’t the only team to find that to be the case with Jackson and Claggett.
Also, the Rangers have designated former first-round pick Greg Golson. I remember Golson from my days covering the Phillies. He’s a very athletic outfielder, but his numbers have never been especially good. He’s only worth mentioning because of the Yankees lack of upper-level outfield depth. Golson really hasn’t hit enough to suggest he could contend for a major league job this spring.