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Pirates designate Jose Tabata for assignment


The Pirates have designated outfielder Jose Tabata for assignment, Bill Brinks of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, citing MLB.com’s transactions page. Earlier, the Pirates acquired reliever Preston Guilmet from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. Ostensibly, the two moves are related.

Tabata, 26, had a disappointing season after breaking out in 2013 for the Pirates which seemed to justify the six-year, $15 million extension he signed with the Pirates in August 2011. In 186 plate appearances this season, he hit just .282/.314/.333 with no home runs and 17 RBI. He was outrighted and later demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis towards the end of June but he didn’t post any better results. Tabata returned to the Pirates in late August and made only a handful of starts before being resigned to the bench. He played in the Pirates’ loss to the Giants in the NL Wild Card game, going hitless with a strikeout in two at-bats.

Tabata was once a heralded top prospect in the Yankees’ system. He was traded to the Pirates near the trade deadline in 2008 along with Daniel McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf, and Jeff Karstens in the trade that sent Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees.

Jose Tabata goes unclaimed on waivers, stays with Pirates at Triple-A

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To make room for second baseman Neil Walker’s return from the disabled list the Pirates designated for assignment outfielder Jose Tabata, who was once a top prospect acquired from the Yankees in exchange for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte in 2008.

Tabata never developed much power and so his bat has proven mediocre for an outfielder corner, but back when he still had some promise the Pirates signed him to a $15 million contract extension. That deal includes a $3 million salary this season, plus $4 million in 2015 and $4.5 million in 2016, which explains why he passed through waivers unclaimed.

It also explains why Tabata accepted an assignment to Triple-A rather than forfeiting the money to become a free agent. Tabata is still just 25 years old and hasn’t been a total bust, hitting .275 with a .717 OPS in 464 games, so it won’t be surprising if he’s back in Pittsburgh relatively soon. In the meantime he’s no longer on the 40-man roster.