The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein to the Baltimore Orioles for left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips. Lobstein was designated for assignment yesterday to make room on the 40-man roster for Kelvin Marte.

Lobstein had a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings for the Pirates this season over 14 appearances. He has spent the rest of the season in Indianapolis, where he had a 4.11 ERA in 50.1 innings, seeing time as a spot starter and a reliever.

Phillips is a 29-year-old lefty, who has played parts of three seasons in the majors (2011-13). He has spent this season in Triple-A and will report to Indianapolis. He isn’t on the 40-man roster. In 49 appearances this year, he has a 4.45 ERA in 60.2 innings, with 84 strikeouts. He has a 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings over 19 Major League games.

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  1. Despite the smart talk around here, this trade looks basically like a wash, a sideways deal where neither team will likely see anything good out of it. So why do it? Sometimes a change of scenery, etc………………………………………………

    • the trade was because they needed the 40 man roster spot and Lobstein got claimed. So they made something work for both teams. It’s not like they went out and targeted Phillips.

        • No one – I know teams can expand their rosters on 9/1, but are they required to expand them some minimum number?

          • We needed pitching after the extra innings game Monday and the short outing of the Starter on Sunday. Thankfully Kuhl was able to 5 innings but in his last outing against Chicago he had not made it 3 so they needed insurance. No one has to add any players, but its beneficial to get players some playing time as well as resting your starters.

  2. The Orioles made that trade because they want another opportunity to make up for that Snider deal they majorly loss!!

  3. If the Orioles thought Phillips was any good they would have brought him up instead of trading him for Lobstein. Just like if the Blue Jays thought Hutchinson was any good they would have brought him up instead of trading him for Liriano

  4. I assume a 29 year old AAA player will be eligible for minor league free agency at the end of the season and Indianapolis is not going to the playoffs. So the point of this trade is?? …unless the Pirates plan on adding Phillips to the roster after rosters expand tomorrow.

    • Bargaining rights in free agency, Gives coaches a chance to evaluate whether he is worth minor league deal and possible invite to spring training, we don’t lose lobstein for nothing, but also like Lee said, NH was bored.

    • I think it’s to get Indy through the end of the season. After the DFA Lobstein has to sit and wait to clear waivers, and can elect to leave. That leaves Indy even further short after the Marte call up and Neveraukus suspension, and with more guys going up soon. So they swap meaningless guys but Phillips is actually available to eat a few innings for Indy. The upside here is that it lessens the need to deplete Altoona while they are playoff bound.

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