The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left fielder Bryce Brentz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Nick Burdi was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Brentz collected 31 homers in Triple-A last year for the Red Sox. He had extended stays on the disabled list in 2014, 2015 and 2016, with last year being the first time since 2013 that he was healthy all season. Brentz hit just four homers in 54 games at Pawtucket in 2016, then hit .279/.313/.377 in 25 games in the majors. The 29-year-old has just 34 games total in the majors, with the first nine coming during the 2014 season.
Coming up through the Red Sox system, he ranked among their top 21 prospects five times for Baseball America, topping out as their fifth best prospect...
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