By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that pitcher Allen Webster has been acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations.
Webster was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an 18th round pick in 2008. The-25-year-old righty was dealt to the Boston Red Sox in August of 2012 as part of a blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers. Webster was traded again last offseason to the Diamondbacks in the Wade Miley deal.
Both Baseball America and MLB.com rated Webster as a Top 100 prospect from 2012 to 2014. However, he’s had definite struggles at the big league level, posting a 6.13 ERA with a very high 4.9 BB/9 in 120.1 innings pitched. The Pirates could have Webster compete for the fifth starter spot. He will be out of options, but even if he doesn’t perform well in Spring Training, he should be able to clear waivers and provide depth with AAA Indianapolis.