Pirates claim righty Dragmire on waivers

Pirates claim righty Dragmire on waivers

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates brought back Brady Dragmire on Wednesday, claiming the right-hander off waivers from the Rangers less than two weeks after Texas picked him up from Pittsburgh.

The Bucs initially acquired Dragmire on Oct. 5, sending cash to the Blue Jays in exchange for the 23-year-old right-hander. The Rangers claimed him off waivers on Dec. 2, then designated him for assignment Tuesday to make room for free-agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

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With the addition of Dragmire, the Pirates' 40-man roster is full.

Dragmire, a 17th-round Draft pick in 2011, pitched for Double-A New Hampshire last season. He went 4-6 with a 4.38 ERA over 45 relief appearances, totaling 41 strikeouts and 28 walks in 72 innings. Over six Minor League seasons, he has recorded 2.11 outs on the ground for every one out in the air.

Holland signs with White Sox

Veteran left-hander Derek Holland signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the White Sox on Wednesday, taking one potential target off the Pirates' board.

There had been mutual interest between Holland and the Bucs, and his representatives met with the Pirates' front office during the Winter Meetings last week. Pittsburgh has been looking for a starter to bolster its rotation, preferably a veteran capable of eating innings and making quality starts on a consistent basis behind Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon.

Last week, general manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates could add one or two starters this offseason, or they may enter Spring Training with nothing but their existing options. In that case, a handful of young arms likely would compete for two spots in the Opening Day rotation.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.