Lavarnway agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pirates and will attend major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The lack of a 40-man roster spot makes it highly unlikely that Lavarnway will break camp with the big club, even if he's a standout performer in the Grapefruit League. After Lavarnway slashed an unremarkable .239/.327/.341 across 304 plate appearances with Triple-A Nashville in Oakland's system last season, Pittsburgh likely just views the 30-year-old as organizational catching depth.
Lavarnway was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. Lavarnway, who was designated for assignment Saturday, cleared waivers and will return to Nashville, where he has spent most of the season. The backstop went 3-for-9 during this stint in the majors. He will try to make himself a candidate to return to the big-league squad when rosters expand in September.
Lavarnway was designated for assignment by the A's on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Lavarnway lost his spot following the acquisition of Dustin Garneau from Colorado. The soon-to-be 30-year-old has hit just .201/.262/.318 in parts of six seasons at the highest level, so his status as a fringe major leaguer is well established at this point.
Lavarnway went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Twins. Just recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, Lavarnway opened the scoring on the night for the Athletics with his fourth-inning two-bagger. The reserve backstop's current stint with the big-league club isn't expected to last beyond Josh Phegley's stay on the disabled list due to an oblique injury.
Lavarnway had his contracted selected from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. Lavarnway was outrighted just a few weeks back, but chose to remain with the organization in hopes of another call-up down the road. That call came a bit sooner than expected, as he'll be brought up to take the roster spot of Josh Phegley (oblique), who was placed on the DL in a corresponding move. Look for Lavarnway to serve as the primary backup to Bruce Maxwell until Phegley returns.