The Pirates were heavily criticized when they drafted Daniel Moskos with the No. 4 overall pick in 2007, and five years later the organization appears to have given up on the Triple-A left-hander who helped the Curve win the 2010 Eastern League title.
Moskos was designated for assignment by the Bucs on Tuesday. The Pirates needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster so they could add catcher Eric Fryer and utility man Drew Sutton, and the 26-year-old Moskos was the odd-man out.
Moskos' tenure in the Pirates organization may not be over. He will go through the waiver process, and if no other team claims him, the Bucs will have 10 days to decide if they want to outright him to Triple-A, trade him or release him.
Moskos is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 appearances for Indianapolis and missed more than a month with an injury. He was the closer on the Curve's dominant 2010 team and was dominant himself, going 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 21 saves in 22 opportunities, and he recorded the final out of the season against Trenton to clinch the EL title.
Moskos appeared in 31 games in relief for the Pirates in 2011, going 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 24 1/3 innings. He battled for a spot on the opening-day roster in spring training, but the left-handed specialist role went instead to Tony Watson.
The biggest story line associated with Moskos throughout his Pirates career was that the organization drafted him instead of standout catcher Matt Wieters, who reportedly wanted more money than the Bucs were willing to pay.
Wieters was selected with the very next pick by Baltimore and has been the team's everyday catcher since 2009.
- Cory Giger