Two days after he was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees, infielder Dean Anna has been claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 27-year-old Anna hit .136/.200/.318 in 25 plate appearances for the Yankees this season. Anna also got in an inning of work as a pitcher in a 16-1 blow-out loss to the Rays, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits for an ERA of 18.00.
In addition to Anna being DFA’s and ultimately waived, the Yankees this week also sent down infielder Yangervis Solarte. Both Anna and Solarte were surprise additions to the infield mix coming out of spring training, but neither man demonstrated much staying power in the Yankees lineup.
The Yanks are hoping for a better result from recent call-up Zelous Wheeler. So far so good for Wheeler who in his debut against the Twins smashed a 413-foot home run for his first-ever major league knock.
Sooner or later the Yankees will have to identify some infielders who can stick around, otherwise they’re going to have to drop to their knees and beg Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts to never ever retire. Either that or hire a mad scientist to reanimate Joe Gordon.