Never content to stand pat at the trade deadline, Neal Huntington pulled the trigger on a five-player deal with Arizona, dealing P D.J. Carrasco, OF Ryan Church, and IF Bobby Crosby for C Chris Snyder and minor-league SS Pedro Ciriaco. To fill the holes on the Pirate roster, 1B Jeff Clement and SS Argenis Diaz will be recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis today.
The 29-year-old Snyder, who once suffered a fractured testicle, is batting .231 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 65 games. But more important than his mediocre bat is his strong defense, throwing out 30% of runners and compiling a .999 fielding percentage over the past three years. With the deal in the books, Dejan Kovacevic said that Ryan Doumit will be playing mostly outfield in the future, so Pirate fans will no longer be subjected to his offensive-to-the-eyes style of defense.
The 24-year-old Ciriaco was batting .256 for Class AAA Reno, with six home runs, 51 RBIs and 14 steals. Much like Snyder, he is considered a strong defensive player. I'm assuming hell slide into Diaz's vacated spot at Indy.
In exchange for the two defenders, the Pirates gave up a trio of players past the age of 30 who weren't in their long-range plans. Carrasco had made it known to Huntington that he wanted to be traded to a contender, so it's kind of funny that he ended up on another last-place team in Arizona. As for the bats, Church was hitting .182 and Crosby was at .224. Combined, all three players were scheduled to earn $1.23 million the rest of the season, money that could best be spent elsewhere.
Snyder is due $1.69 million for the rest of this season and $5.75 million for 2011, with a club option worth $6.75 million for 2012 and a $750,000 buyout. But don't fret, about $3 million will be sent to the Pirates by Arizona as part of the deal.
With the deadline approaching, there are still a few Bucs who may be playing elsewhere in the near future, especially Paul Maholm and Octavio Dotel, who have both been named in a number of potential deals. However, it sounds as if Garrett Jones will be staying put after his name was floated earlier in the week.