Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Boston Red Sox catcher Mike McKenry, although he mentions that the deal is unconfirmed. The deal would make sense, as the Pirates are looking for catching. McKenry only has eight at-bats in the majors, all of which came last year with the Rockies. McKenry is hitting for a .280/.370/.430 line in 93 at-bats with the Red Sox AAA affiliate this year.
McKenry was the 13th best prospect in the Colorado farm system heading in to the 2010 season. He reportedly has strong defensive skills, with a good ability to handle pitchers, a strong arm, and the ability to move well behind the plate.
McKenry was acquired by Boston from Colorado at the end of March in exchange for Daniel Turpen.
UPDATE 11:52 PM: McKenry has been acquired for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Wyatt Toregas has been designated for assignment to make room. The 40-man roster has been updated, along with the 25-man roster page.
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