Xavier Paul of the Pittsburgh Pirates jumps up in the air along the warning track to catch a fly ball against the Chicago Cubs during the game on August 4, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
There's a pretty good chance that you've never heard of any of the six, unless you're a Pirates fan or a serious prospect hound. Because they're all young with exactly zero time in the majors. But they've been added because if they weren't, they would be exposed in the Rule 5 draft that happens at the Winter Meetings in a few weeks.
But adding those six pushes the Pirates' 40-man roster to 40 men, which means somebody had to go ...
Jeez, you might almost think there isn't a place for a 27-year-old outfielder with a .288 career on-base percentage.
Still, this might not be the end for the fourth Xavier in Major League Baseball history. Paul does sport a .320/.380/.502 career Triple-A line, and while park adjustments would knock those numbers down two or three pegs, I suspect we've not quite seen the last of him.