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Pirates notebook: Left-hander Nik Turley claimed off waivers from Twins

| Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Nik Turley delivers against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Nik Turley delivers against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The Pirates on Monday claimed left-hander Nik Turley off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

Turley, 28, last season went a combined 5-5 with a 2.05 ERA in 23 outings (13 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester. He made his big league debut this past season and went 0-2 with an 11.21 ERA in 10 appearances (three starts) for the Twins.

A 50th-round pick in 2008, Turley also has pitched in the farm systems of the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox. In 2016, he pitched for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.

Lefty reliever Dan Runzler opted to become a free agent after being outrighted off the 40-man roster. Runzler, 32, made eight outings for the Pirates and put up a 4.50 ERA.

Bell a finalist

Josh Bell is among three finalists for the National League Rookie of the Year award. Cody Bellinger of the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers and Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals are the other finalists.

The winner will be announced at 6 p.m. Monday on MLB Network.

Bell, 25, hit .255 with 26 home runs and an .800 OPS. He led the Pirates in games played (159), triples (six) and RBIs (90).

Bellinger, 22, is considered the favorite to win. The first baseman hit 39 home runs, the most ever by a big leaguer in his debut season.

Parker on HOF ballot

Dave Parker is among 10 candidates who will be considered by the Modern Baseball Era Committee of the Hall of Fame. For enshrinement, candidates must be chosen by at least 12 of the 16 committee members.

The committee will vote during the MLB winter meetings. Results will be announced Dec. 10 on MLB Network.

Parker batted .290 over 19 big league seasons with the Pirates and five other clubs. He was the NL MVP in 1978 and won three Gold Gloves in right field.

Ted Simmons, who was the Pirates' general manger in 1992, also is on the ballot.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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