Pirates designate Chad Beck for assignment

Brad White

The right-hander's push from the roster likely makes room for one of the squad's new trade additions from Boston.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right-hander Chad Beck -- a recent waiver claim -- for assignment, reports Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Pirates had selected Beck off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in late October. His clearance from the roster likely makes room for one of the four new acquisitions -- Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Ivan De Jesus or Stolmy Pimentel -- in the Joel Hanrahan trade.

Beck, 27, was a 14th round pick in the 2006 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2008, he was traded to the Blue Jays in a one-for-one deal for infielder David Eckstein. Beck quickly made his way through Toronto's minor-league system, earning his first shot at the big leagues in late 2011.

The right-hander has just 18 big-league innings to his name so far and a 5.50 ERA to go along with it. He spent a large majority of the 2012 season at Triple-A, where he posted a 1.31 ERA and 4.5 K/9 rate in 48 innings.

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