The Pirates announced that they have claimed catcher Tyler Heineman off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and have designated fellow backstop Andrew Knapp for assignment.
The 30-year-old Heineman appeared in 10 games for Toronto this season, collecting four hits (two doubles) in 15 at-bats. For his big league career, Heineman has played in 30 games and has posted a .221 batting average and a .607 OPS (71 wRC+) between the Blue Jays, Giants and Marlins. The 2012 8th-round draft pick has thrown out seven of 20 attempted base stealers (35%).
Heineman is just shy of 2,500 plate appearances for his minor league career, and has posted a .283/.362/.409 slash across 10 minor league seasons. A right-handed batter Heineman now gives the Pirates a more suitable platoon option to pair with Michael Perez.
The Pirates had signed Knapp to a one-year deal just before the start of the regular season. In 11 games with the Pirates, Knapp slumped to a .129/.229/.161 triple slash line with a pair of runs driven in.