Locke was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday.

Locke has fallen far from his earlier times in the Pirates organization, as he was only able to muster a 5.44 ERA last season and even was demoted to the bullpen for a portion of the campaign. With the Pirates needing a spot on the 40-man for recently-acquired Lisalverto Bonilla, it seems like Locke's time in the Steel City is coming to a close. The lefty's recent numbers leave much to be desired, but if he can produce anywhere near the numbers that helped him become a mainstay in Pittsburgh's rotation in the first place, he could prove to be a decent and inexpensive option for teams in need of pitching depth.

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