The Pirates today claimed infielder Ray Olmedo off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and, to make room on the full 40-man roster, designated starter Sean Burnett for assignment.
Burnett, 25, was the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2000 but has not pitched in the majors since his debut in 2004 because of elbow and shoulder surgeries. The Pirates have 10 days to trade, release our outright Burnett to the minor leagues.
Olmedo, 26, a switch-hitter, batted .216 in 27 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. He spent most of the year with Class AAA Syracuse, batting .290 with 12 doubles, a home run and 26 RBIs. Most of his defensive duty was at shortstop.
"Ray Olmedo adds more experience to our club and gives us additional depth up the middle as we head into spring training," general manager Neal Huntington said.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.