The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Miles Mikolas, per a team press release. The Pirates added Mikolas earlier in the off-season, along with Jaff Decker, in exchange for Alex Dickerson. Mikolas had been designated for assignment by the Padres prior to the trade. McGuiness was recently DFAd by the Rangers.
McGuiness only has 34 plate appearances in the majors, with a .382 OPS in that limited time. All of those appearances came during the 2013 season. He spent the rest of the year in Triple-A at the age of 25, hitting for a .246/.369/.423 line in 436 plate appearances. In 2012 he was in Double-A, with a .268/.366/.474 line in 530 plate appearances.
Looking at his splits, McGuiness looks like a good option against left-handers. Last year he had a .713 OPS against right-handers, and an .890 OPS against lefties. Those splits aren't expected, since he's a left-handed hitter. He didn't have any splits in Double-A, wit...
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