The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded relief pitcher Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers for third baseman Casey McGehee, per a team press release. Veras was profiled as a non-tender candidate in my article earlier today. McGehee, meanwhile, became expendable when Milwaukee signed Aramis Ramirez to a three year deal earlier this afternoon.
McGehee is coming off a year where he hit for a .223/.280/.346 line in 546 at-bats. In 2010 he had a much better year, with a .285/.337/.464 line in 610 at-bats. He’s primarily played third base in his major league career, but has also spent some time at second and first.
“Casey McGehee adds a quality option for us at both corner infield positions and adds depth to our position player group,” said Pirates GM Neal Huntington on the move.
McGehee makes for a strong backup to Pedro Alvarez, and could even be an option to start at first base if the Pirates can’t sign anyone. MLBTR projects McGehee to earn $3.1 M in arbitration. The move takes the 40-man payroll estimate up to $45.87 M.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.