The Pirates have claimed Anthony Alford off of waivers

When the Blue Jays designated Anthony Alford for assignment last week, it was pretty obvious that somebody was going to claim him.

While Alford hasn’t been able to find his groove at the Major League level, he still boasts an incredible set of talent and athleticism, and he’s certainly worth a shot to a team in a rebuilding phase. Like, say, the Pittsburgh Pirates!
And that’s exactly where Alford is headed.

No surprise here but Anthony Alford has been claimed on waivers. He’s going to Pittsburgh. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@GregorChisholm) August 27, 2020

Another thing to consider here is that Pirates general manager Ben Cherington, who worked in the Blue Jays’ front office over the past few years, knows Alford well.
He’ll surely get the chance to show what he can do with the Pirates that he never got with the Blue Jays. It’s a shame things didn’t work out for him here, but I’d love to see the guy do well. This should be a great opportunity for him.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Anthony Alford is running out of runway with the Blue Jays

There’s no way to substantiate this, but Anthony Alford might have the MLB record for burning through three options with the least amount of service time. Believe it or not, the Blue Jays outfielder is on his third option year, having played only 22 games at the major league level since 2017.
At age 25, Alford’s barely gotten his feet wet with the Blue Jays and yet they need to decide this offseason whether he’s worth keeping on the 40-man roster, or if it’s time to sever ties with their multi-talented outfielder.
For a frame of reference, Alford was drafted the same year as Marcus Stroman and Ryan Borucki. Stroman has come and gone, Borucki had a promising rookie campaign in 2018, but Alford never established himself like others from the 2012 draft.
Alford’s narrative is similar to Dalton Pompey’s; a promising young prospect with all the tools to play centre field for the Blue Jays, whose career was mired by injuries. With Alford, a broken hamate bone, a serious concussion and a hamstring injury derailed his development.
Finally healthy again this year, Alford’s getting a look in the outfield as one of the Blue Jays’ select few …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation