Pirates send Carrasco, Church, Crosby to Arizona for Snyder

Chris Snyder

The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent reliever D.J. Carrasco, outfielder Ryan Church, and infielder Bobby Crosby to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the trade for catcher Chris Snyder (here is Snyder’s player page).  The deal is basically Carrasco for Snyder, as Church and Crosby have no value, and will basically be traded to off-set salaries.

Snyder is owed $1,687,159 for the remainder of the season.  The trio the Pirates sent out are owed $1,225,410 for the remainder of the season, with Church and Crosby taking up $887,978 of that amount.  Arizona is also expected to send cash in the deal, most likely to cover some of the $6.5 M that Snyder has guaranteed beyond the 2010 season.

Also, according to Jennifer Langosch, the Pirates will receive a minor league player from Arizona in the deal, although the name hasn’t been announced.

Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement will be called up to replace Church and Crosby on the 25-man roster.  Daniel McCutchen will most likely take Carrasco’s spot, as McCutchen is the scheduled starter tonight.

The move leaves three open spots on the 40-man roster, with Snyder taking one of those spots.  There have been rumors today involving Octavio Dotel and Paul Maholm, so there’s a good chance those open spots get filled by prospects before the trade deadline passes.

UPDATE: Dejan Kovacevic says the prospect in the deal is shortstop Pedro Ciriaco.  Ciriaco was the #27 prospect in the Arizona farm system heading in to the season, and is basically another Argenis Diaz type.  Ciriaco is 24 years old, and hitting for a .259/.278/.392 line in AAA this year.  Ciriaco has one option year remaining after the season, while Diaz will be out of options after this season.  Ciriaco has also played second base, and was named the best defensive shortstop in the Southern League in 2009.  His upside is a utility man, unless he can somehow improve at the plate.

UPDATE: Jennifer Langosch says that the Pirates will receive $3 M from Arizona for Snyder, according to a source.  Dejan Kovacevic has confirmed this amount. That will most likely go to the 2011 payroll, as Snyder is only owed $1,687,159 for the remainder of the season.  When factoring in the reported $3 M the Pirates will receive, the $8,187,159 owed to Snyder, and the $1,225,410 the Pirates saved this year from Church, Crosby, and Carrasco, the total cost of this deal for the Pirates comes out to $3,961,749 from now until the end of the 2011 season.

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