Pirates re-acquire Jonathan Van Every

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired outfielder Jonathan Van Every from the Boston Red Sox, in exchange for minor league catcher Josue Peley.

Van Every started the season with the Indianapolis Indians, then was traded to the Red Sox on April 24th for a player to be named later.  Van Every was added to the major league roster the same day by Boston, to provide outfield help with the absence of Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury.  Van Every hit for a .211/.286/.421 line in 19 at-bats, with one homer in his time with Boston.  He was designated for assignment on May 22nd, and outrighted on May 26th.

Peley was playing his second season in West Virginia, hitting for a .179/.222/.239 line as the backup catcher to Ramon Cabrera.  West Virginia currently doesn’t have a backup catcher, although Pat Irvine has been added to the roster from Extended Spring Training.

Van Every will go to Indianapolis again.  One has to wonder if this move means Jose Tabata will be promoted in the next week.  Indianapolis has been short on players, especially in the outfield.  They’ve got Brandon Jones, Brandon Moss, and Jose Tabata as their outfielders, with Kevin Melillo playing on occasion.  Van Every gives them five outfielders, although Melillo has never played outfield before this season, so there’s really just four outfielders at the level, which takes some speculation away about Tabata possibly being called up soon.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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