PITTSBURGH -- Brandon Moss, somewhat unexpectedly, was able to clear waivers, enabling Pittsburgh to outright the outfielder to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates designated Moss for assignment on March 29 in order to open up a roster spot for right-hander Hayden Penn.
The Pirates, who had 10 days to trade, waive or release Moss, had already anticipated losing the outfielder, who was acquired from the Red Sox in 2008 as part of a four-player package for Jason Bay. As it turned out, though, none of the 29 other clubs was willing to open up a roster spot for Moss.
Moss now goes back to Triple-A, where he can continue searching for some consistency in his swing. He lost a chance at solidifying a bench spot this spring after collecting just three singles in 37 spring at-bats. Moss lost his job as the Pirates' right fielder midway through the '09 season, and he held a .236 batting average at season's end.