The Pirates have claimed infielder Dean Anna off of waivers from the Yankees, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The Yankees had designated Anna for assignment on Thursday.
Anna, 27, made his major league debut on April 4 and stuck with the Yankees through April 22 before he was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 25 plate appearances, Anna posted a .518 OPS with one home run and three runs batted in. His numbers are similarly underwhelming at Triple-A this season, but he performed well last season as part of the Padres organization, posting an .892 OPS with a league-leading .331 average.
The Mets announced that a handful of minor leaguers have been invited to big league spring training camp. Among them is former football star and current outfielder Tim Tebow.
Tebow, 31, spent last season with Double-A Binghamton. His season ended in July due to a broken hamate bone. Overall, he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 298 plate appearances. While the numbers aren’t anything earth-shattering, they are certainly better than what many skeptics thought he could put up in the minors, especially at Double-A.
Tebow will likely begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse. If he performs well, he could get a call up to the big leagues in the event of an injury, or in September when rosters expand.