The Pirates have officially signed catcher Andrew Knapp. To make room for Knapp on the 40-man, the Pirates have designated right-handed pitcher Adonis Medina for assignment. Medina now has 48-hours to clear waivers before being assigned to a minor league team.
Pirates went stealth mode with the Andrew Knapp signing announcement. Adonis Medina gets DFA'd according to the Pirates transactions page pic.twitter.com/V7YDK39kIr
— John Dreker (@JohnDreker) April 7, 2022
Medina was acquired by the Pirates oddly enough through waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on March 16th. Medina did not appear in a single spring training game this year, and if he clears waivers, one would expect that he would stay with the Pirates Triple-A affiliate.
The reported Knapp signing took place April 5th and was broke by Pirates beat reporter Jason Mackey. Knapp appeared in 62 games in ’21 and put up a .152/.215/.214 slash line with an OPS of .429. Many fans questioned the signing since Micheal Perez put up similar if not better numbers.
Per sources: Pirates are bringing in Andrew Knapp to be their backup catcher.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) April 5, 2022
The Pirates have one more move to make with the signing of Jake Marisnick. If Greg Allen goes on the 60-Day IL (which is expected), the Pirates could easily place Marisnick on the 40-man roster without any other moves.