Pirates Acquire Gaby Sanchez and Prospect From Marlins

UPDATE 3:24 PM: Peter Gammons reports the Pirates also received minor league right-handed reliever Kyle Kaminska in the deal. Kaminska has been pitching for Double-A, and currently has a 5.11 ERA in 49.1 innings, with a 42:9 K/BB ratio. He’s 23 years old. Kaminska wasn’t a top 30 prospect in Baseball America’s rankings of the Marlins’ system, and rated as the 9th best right handed relief prospect. After being drafted in 2007, he was said to have a lively low 90s fastball, a short slider, and a solid changeup.

UPDATE 3:06 PM: Rosenthal says it is official.

UPDATE 3:03 PM: Sanchez is hitting for a .202/.250/.306 line in 183 at-bats this year, so he’s in a down year. In his last two seasons he combined for a .269/.346/.437 line in 1144 at-bats, with 19 homers each year. He’s a first baseman and a right handed hitter. In his career he has a .715 OPS against right handers, and an .878 OPS against left-handers, so he could factor in to the platoon with Garrett Jones at first base if Casey McGehee struggles. Or this could signal the end of McGehee with the Pirates.

3:01 PM: Ken Rosenthal has the following report, saying Gaby Sanchez could be acquired for Gorkys Hernandez and the competitive balance pick.

More info to come.

Author: Tim Williams

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