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Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 9:40 pm

By Matt Snyder

On the day they learned Aramis Ramirez would be signing with them, the Brewers have now traded former third baseman Casey McGehee. He is headed to Pittsburgh in exchange for relief pitcher Jose Veras, the Pirates announced Monday night.

McGehee was likely to shift across the diamond and play first base, upon the arrival of Ramirez. Instead, he's out the door and headed elsewhere, and the Brewers will likely give Mat Gamel a full-time look to see if he sticks. He's yet to get an extended chance at the big-league level.

Brewers' offseason
Gamel, 26, hit .310/.372/.540 with 28 homers, 96 RBI and 90 runs in 128 Triple-A games last season. Of course, he's garnered 194 plate appearances over the past four major-league seasons and owns an MLB triple-slash line of .222/.309/.374. It could be that he's one of those "Quadruple-A players," who is really good in Triple-A but can't transition to the bigs, that he just needs time to develop in the bigs or that he's simply going to be one of those late bloomers (like Alex Gordon, though Gordon was much more heavily hyped in his younger years). We'll find out this season, unless the Brewers are able to afford Carlos Pena, which may be possible -- oh, and they're 100 percent out on Prince Fielder.

McGehee, 29, was a great find for the Brewers in 2009 and he had another good offensive year in 2010, but badly faltered last season. He hit just .223 with 13 homers and a brutal .280 on-base percentage. Still, if he rebounds to his 23-homer, 104-RBI form of 2010, this has a chance of helping the Pirates. He provides insurance in case Pedro Alvarez flops at third base again and also gives flexibility at first base, where the Pirates can use Garrett Jones, or play McGehee at first and use Jones in the outfield on occasion.

Veras, 31, is a 6-foot-6 right-hander. He had a 3.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 71 innings last season. He struck out 79 hitters, which is a great rate. The Brewers needed an arm in the bullpen after having lost both LaTroy Hawkins and Takashi Saito in free agency.

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Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:38 pm

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

I understand why they traded him but I think he was worth more than what they got. Smart move by the pirates, I wonder why the Cubs didn't trade to get him?

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:46 pm

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

Soquel High School Football Rules. Go Knight!

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:44 pm

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

Yeah but your got McLouth back! Remeber how much you whined about that trade? Now you have McLouth and McCutchen and McGehee. A coulpe more MCs and the team is ready to go.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:33 am

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

These kind of moves are what the Pirates are famous for. Why go after Prince Fielder and C.J. Wilson when Casey McGehee and Erik Bedard are out there? Eternally going after the semi-stars when they could easily find the payroll to land a big fish every now and then. Instead of making this team competitive, Pirates owners continue to make the club cheap and treading water (if that).

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:18 am

The new sanford and son team

Geez Pirates are becoming trash collectors of the major leagues, just like the old show sanford and son...taking recluse items and try to get that last glimmer out of what is left.....I was really hoping that they could work Oz like magic on Brandon Wood, but it looks like they are collecting 3Bs and SS that are all mediocre sounds like a recipe for disaster

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:08 am

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

Just like when the Cubs let him go..

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:59 am

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

No clue what you people have been watching

#1 Casey McGehee was a one year flash in the pan ,once the pitchers figured him out he could't figure them out.
#2 this guy could't pick up a kleenex if you dropped it in front of him

     Adios Casey

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:02 am

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

If McGehee can rebound from last season what a beautiful move for the Pirates. Best of Luck for McGehee I truly hope he can turn his career around in Pittsburgh.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:39 pm

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

Looks like a low-cost good deal for the Pirates.  If McGehee can return to 2009-2010 form they get a very nice player at a low cost, and they're only out a decent but replaceable middle reliever to take that shot.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:32 pm

Brewers deal McGehee to Pirates

Dare I say that the Pirates actually made a pretty good move? Sure it's nothing earth-shattering but McGehee is a versatile player with some pop. He should be an asset to the Pirates.

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