DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Ty Wigginton #21 of the Colorado Rockies is welcomed home after his solo homerun by Matt Pagnozzi #15 of the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Coors Field on June 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Tigers defeated the Rockies 9-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired catcher Matt Pagnozzi off waivers from the Colorado Rockies, the team announced. To make room for Pagnozzi on 40-man roster, the Pirates transferred INF/OF Steve Pearce to the 60-day DL.
Pagnozzi was designated for assignment on the 11th of September by the Rockies, to make room on the 40-man roster for top prospect Drew Pomeranz. Pagnozzi, 28, hit .286/.348/.286 in 25 plate appearances at the majors this year. He spent most of the season at Class Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he hit .275/.337/.421 with three home runs in nearly 200 plate appearances - below-average numbers across the board for Pacific Coast League batters.
Pagnozzi does nothing but add more depth at catcher for the Bucs, who will now be carrying four catchers on their 40-man roster. The other three are Ryan Doumit, Jason Jaramillo, and Michael McKenry; however, Ryan Doumit will hit free agency at season's end.