As part of a busy offseason so far for the Pittsburgh Pirates, their latest moved involved a trade between NL central rival Milwaukee Brewers.
After the Brewers recently acquired third basemen Aramis Ramirez from the Chicago Cubs, there was little room for former Brewers third basemen Casey McGehee on the roster.
Going into the season 2011 McGehee was supposed to be a valuable part of the Brewers offense providing protection behind the one-two punch of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.
McGehee had a less than stellar year statistics wise in 2011. In 155 games played, McGehee recorded 122 hits with 24 doubles, two triples and 13 home runs.
McGehee also drove in 67 runs which is relatively low considering the number of opportunities he encountered with the top of the order being on base.
He finished the year with a .223 batting average and saw limited playing time in the postseason. McGehee batted .200 in the playoffs only going 1-5 in six games.
With the trade the Pirates are receiving a potential power threat and an average fielder. The Pirates organization expects McGehee to fight for playing at third base with Pedro Alvarez as well as at first base with Garrett Jones.
On the other side of the trade, the Brewers got a reliable veteran to add to their bullpen. Jose Veras was the setup man to closer Joel Hanrahan last year and put up decent numbers.
Veras went 2-4 with a 3.80 ERA with one save in eight opportunities. He also struck out 79 batters while only walking 34 and allowing 32 runs.
With Veras out of the picture, the Pirates will be looking to Evan Meek, who was injured the majority of the 2011 season, to step into the setup role in the bullpen.
This is nowhere near a blockbuster trade in baseball but instead a trade between two players looking for the right fit.
On paper it is easy to say the Brewers go the better end of the deal, but that is why you have to play the games.