The Pirates have claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. Jettisoning Florimon allowed the Nationals some wiggle room to complete their 40-man roster. The Nationals had picked him up off waivers from the Twins back in September.
Florimon, 27, has had trouble handling major league pitching since making his debut in 2011 with the Orioles. Over 692 plate appearances, he has mustered a paltry .204/.266/.300 slash line with 10 home runs and 57 RBI. However, he does provide speed on the bases and plus defense.
Pedro Florimon started 127 games at shortstop for the Twins last season and was their Opening Day starter this year, but after hitting .108 in 25 games he’s been demoted back to Triple-A.
Rookie call-up Danny Santana is now in line for an extended look at shortstop, although based on his Double-A and Triple-A numbers he’s far from MLB-ready despite a nice start to his big-league career. Eduardo Escobar is another option and the Twins also called up former Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez to fill a bench role.
As for Florimon … this may have been his only real shot at a starting gig. He’s never hit at all, in the minors or majors, and his glove isn’t quite great enough to make up for the extreme lack of offense. He got a longer leash with the Twins than he probably would have gotten with any of the other 29 teams.
According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, Twins shortstop Pedro Florimon is expected to miss two weeks after having his appendix removed this afternoon.
Florimon woke up in the middle of the night with discomfort in his right side and was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with appendicitis. The good news is that his appendix did not burst, so he was able to have arthroscopic surgery, which greatly reduces the expected recovery time.
Florimon, 27, hit .221/.281/.330 with nine home runs, 44 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 134 games last season. He’s expected to serve as the starting shortstop for Minnesota again this year.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Jason Bartlett has agreed to a minor-league deal with Minnesota, where he started at shortstop from 2005-2007 before being traded to Tampa Bay in the Delmon Young-Matt Garza swap.
Bartlett was injured and ineffective in 2012 and sat out all of this season, so at age 34 there’s no telling if he has anything left in the tank. He hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2009, but the Twins are always in need of middle infield help and there’s no risk to a non-roster invitation to spring training.
He’ll likely compete for a job backing up Pedro Florimon and Brian Dozier.