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Pirates claim reliever Barrett from Giants


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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Pirates claimed right-handed reliever Jake Barrett off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

The move was announced Friday during the Pirates' split-squad exhibition game against the Blue Jays.

Barrett pitched for the Diamondbacks in each of the last three seasons, going 2-4 with four saves, a 4.05 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in 103 games. The Giants purchased Barrett from Arizona on Feb. 5, then designated him for assignment earlier this week.

The 27-year-old was the Diamondbacks’ third-round draft pick in 2012 from Arizona State. Plagued by shoulder problems in recent years, Barrett’s fastball sits in the 94-96 mph range and he also throws a hard slider.

Chad Kuhl was placed on the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Barrett. Kuhl is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season.

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