By Jason Shetler
It was reported the other day by John Dreker of Pirates Prospects that Pedro Florimon and Zach Phillips became free agents after refusing outright assignment.
Florimon joined the Pirates as a waiver claim from the Washington Nationals prior to 2015. The 29-year-old utility man was brought back by the Pirates on a minor league contract last offseason. Florimon spent most of the 2016 season with AAA Indianapolis where he hit .255 and posted an OPS of .700 in 107 games played. He joined the Pirates as a September call up and appeared in 18 games, mostly as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner.
Phillips signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles during Spring Training this year. The 30-year-old lefty pitched in 49 games with their AAA affiliate Norfolk, posting a 4.45 ERA and a WHIP of 1.48. The Pirates acquired Phillips from the Orioles in exchange for Kyle Lobstein the final day of August. In eight appearances with the Pirates, he put up an ERA of 2.70 along with a 1.35 WHIP.