The Pirates acquired outfielder Dustin Fowler from the Athletics on Wednesday for cash.
Left-hander Austin Davis, who sustained a left elbow sprain this offseason, was placed on the 60-day injured list as a corresponding move.
Fowler, 26, worked his way from being an 18th-round Draft pick by the Yankees in 2013 to become a Top 100 prospect per MLB Pipeline in '17 (No. 67).
He fared well in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, compiling an .842 OPS with 42 homers in 255 games. But in 69 games with the A’s in 2018, he hit .224 with three doubles, two triples and six homers.
Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said on Wednesday that Alford, who underwent right elbow surgery in September, has no restrictions hitting in camp, but Alford still has some work to do throwing before he’s fully cleared to play the field, which could clear the way for Fowler to at least get some spring starting reps, if not see some early-season action.
“He is having a little bit of challenges with the throwing, just to get more velocity on the balls and to continue to gain confidence,” Tomczyk said of Alford, “but we believe that we’re taking nice strides in regards to his throwing.”