Feb 21, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Matt Hague (72) poses for a photo at Pirate City. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Claim 1B Matt Hague from Pittsburgh Pirates

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos continued his assault on the MLB waiver wire today, claiming 1B Matt Hague from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

September 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos speaks during a press conference addressing offensive comments written on the eye black of infielder Yunel Escobar (not pictured) before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Hague will report to the Buffalo Bisons.

So, what do we know about Hague? There isn’t a lot to know.

He’s 28 years old.

He’s batted .267 with 14 home runs and 67 RBI at the AAA level this season.

He’s appeared in 33 MLB games, posting a .222 average with 7 RBI.

If those stats just caused you to yawn, you’re not alone.

Ben Nicholson-Smith at Sportsnet first reported the acquisition and, searching for something positive to say, mentioned…

14 HRs. sounds like Dan Johnson (not a compliment when you’re talking home runs) so we know that’s not Hague’s special skill. Rather, it’s the last bit: “RH hitter.” Ugh.

Sure, the Toronto Blue Jays have struggled against left-handed pitching this season. That’s why fans were supposed to be pumped up by the Nolan Reimold waiver claim or the Danny Valencia trade. Yet, the Blue Jays remain mired in a slump and neither Reimold nor Valencia (both with at least mildly recognizable big league resumes) have helped.

Think Matt Hague will help?

Guess which poll choice I picked while you’re voting below.

Spoiler Alert: a 28 year-old career minor leaguer who has never hit more than 15 home runs and has barely mustered 30 big league games in his career isn’t going to help the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only that. He’ll be hard pressed to contribute for the Buffalo Bisons with Dan Johnson and Brett Wallace already in Buffalo. Sorry… I was supposed to let you guess how I feel while voting below. Carry on.

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