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.
Jayson Werth went unsigned as a free agent last winter, and then signed a minor league deal with the Mariners early in the spring. He worked out at their facility in Peoria, Arizona before joining the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers but never got a callup to the big club. Seeing no path back to the bigs, he called it a career, retiring in late June.
Part of that was due to a hamstring injury he received while playing in Tacoma. Today the Washington Post reports that there was one more little wrinkle in all of that as well. A DUI:
Former Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pled guilty last week to driving under the influence in the Scottsdale area. The arrest occurred in April, when Werth was playing at the Mariners’ spring training facility in nearby Peoria. The court sentenced Werth to a diversion program, ordered drug and alcohol screening, charged him more than $1,600 in fines and fees, and suspended his driver’s license.
Werth declined comment and the specifics of the arrest aren’t reported in the article. The Mariners said his DUI was not a factor in not calling him up to Seattle.
This is not Werth’s first run-in with the law. Back in 2015 he served five days in jail due to a reckless driving charge in suburban Virginia.