Pirates notebook: Utility infielder Elmore claimed off waivers
The Pirates on Friday claimed infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.
Elmore, 27, spent most of last season in Triple-A, where he batted .281 in 72 games. He appeared in five games with the Reds in September — three games (two starts) at shortstop and two games (one start) at second base — and went 2 for 11.
Over 87 total games with the Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks (in 2012) and Houston Astros (in 2013), Elmore has played every position in the field. Forty of his appearances were at shortstop.
The Pirates have 36 players on their 40-man roster.
Martin meets with Cubs
Free agent catcher Russell Martin met with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, according to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Friday the team will make a “very serious offer” to re-sign Martin. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays also reportedly are interested in Martin.
Hurdle reiterated he will not have a designated bench coach this season. Hurdle said coaches Dave Jauss and Brad Fischer, who was promoted Wednesday to Hurdle’s staff, will share the bench coach’s duties.
After former bench coach Jeff Banister was hired to manage the Texas Rangers, the Pirates interviewed six internal candidates — Fischer, Jauss, Dean Treanor, Tom Prince, Nick Leyva and Rick Sofield — to fill the position.
Melancon an all-star
Closer Mark Melancon was added to an MLB all-star team that will play next week in Japan. The team will play a five-game series against Japan’s national team.