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Pirates request unconditional release waivers for catcher Francisco Cervelli

August 22, 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates today have requested unconditional release waivers for the purpose of giving catcher Francisco Cervelli his unconditional release. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. “As Francisco has worked through his rehabilitation, we have had multiple conversations with him and his agent regarding

The Pittsburgh Pirates today have requested unconditional release waivers for the purpose of giving catcher Francisco Cervelli his unconditional release. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

“As Francisco has worked through his rehabilitation, we have had multiple conversations with him and his agent regarding his projected playing time for the remainder of this season with the Pirates,” said Huntington. “Out of respect and appreciation for Francisco, we have chosen to honor his request to be released in order for him to pursue an opportunity that potentially gives him a chance at more playing time, as well as an opportunity this season to compete in the Postseason.

“We appreciate who Francisco is and all he has done for the Pirates and the city of Pittsburgh. We believe this was the right move for the right reasons and wish Francisco well.”