Trade Deadline Tree: Chad Qualls

Kind of a disappointing end to the trade deadline. Casey McGehee was shipped to the Yankees for Chad Qualls. McGehee became redundant when Gaby Sanchez was acquired earlier in the day. Casey seemed like a good guy and I’m sorry to see him go. The more I think about this, I think the Pirates were going to cut McGehee and this way the Yankees pick up part of the tab. Qualls has been horrible with both the Phillies and Yanks this season. Anything they get from him is gravy.

Trade Deadline Tree: Gaby Sanchez

The Pirates acquired 1B Gaby Sanchez and minor league RP Kyle Kaminska from the Marlins for OF Gorkys Hernandez and the Pirates’ competitive balance pick in next year’s draft.

Sanchez was horrible for Miami earlier this season, hitting just .202/.250/.306, but he was an All Star last year and has a career line of .260/.334/.402. Gaby is expected to take over Casey McGehee‘s half of the first base platoon. Against lefties Sanchez hits .298/.390/.488.

Kaminska is a 2007 draft pick with a career 4:1 SO:BB ratio in the minors.

Sadly, we say goodbye to one of the great names in the org, Gorkys Hernandez. Your defense will be missed off the bench.

Sutton DFA’d; DCutch recalled

Here’s the roster fall out from last night’s Travis Snider trade.

@Pirates: The #Pirates have designated Drew Sutton for assignment, recalled Daniel McCutchen from Indy & Travis Snider has joined the team in Chicago.

Thanks for a few memorable games, Drew.

Marlins Trade Tree: Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and everyone else

I sat down last week to make a quick trade tree for the Marlins/Tigers trade which sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit for Jacob Turner and other prospects. Little did I know what I was in for. This tree has branches and roots going all the way back to the inception of the franchise. There’s only one question that boggles my mind: How does a tree that includes 76 players and 26 trades NOT have Jeff Conine involved?

Trade Deadline Tree: Lincoln to Jays for Travis Snider

All over twitter just now:

Pirates12:31am

The @Pirates have acquired OF Travis Snider from the @BlueJays in exchange for RHP Brad Lincoln.

matthewpouliot12:33am

Glad to see Travis Snider will finally get a long look in Pittsburgh. It’s not the high-profile pickup most wanted, but he could surprise.

enosarris12:33am

Holy crap yeah. Brad Lincoln for Travis Snider?!!! RT @whygavs: Um, I am a fan of that trade.

mtmeyers12:32am via Web

Brad Lincoln for Travis Snider? It’s a dissapointing-2006-first-rounder challenge trade!

Travis Snider should see lots of time in RF. He’s a power bat that hasn’t lived up to his potential yet, so this is an upside play for the Pirates. Alex Presley and Casey McGehee are about to see a lot more of the bench.

The bullpen is going to miss having Brad Lincoln around but the Pirates dealt from their strength. Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan will continue to handle the 8th and 9th.

Update: Made the trade tree to go along with this deal.

Series Preview: The Cubs

Current record: 58-43, 2nd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Up Next: Chicago Cubs, 42-58, 5th place in NL Central, 14.5 games back

Season Series: 4-2 (3-0, 1-2)

Notes: After taking 3 of 4 from the last place team in the Central, the Bucs climb one rung up the ladder to face the Cubs. Chicago is known to be looking to make trades, so the make up of their team could chage in a big way before Tuesday night’s game. Rookie 1B Anthony Rizzo has an .884 OPS since his call up.

Familiar Faces: Paul Maholm

Probable Pitchers
Monday: LH Erik Bedard (5-11, 100.0 IP, 93 K, 4.32 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)
vs. RH Justin Germano (0-1, 8.2 IP, 8 K, 1.04 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

Germano will be making his first start of the season. Bedard had his turn pushed back two days so that Wandy Rodriguez could take his normal turn on Saturday.

Tuesday: RH A.J. Burnett (12-3, 115.0 IP, 94 K, 3.52 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)
vs. RH Ryan Dempster (5-5, 104.0 IP, 83 K, 2.25 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)

Tuesday is the trade deadline, so it’s possible that Dempster could be gone before he pitches against the Pirates. The word is that he’ll only accept a trade to the Dodgers.

Wednesday: RH Jeff Karstens (3-2, 51.0 IP, 38 K, 3.88 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)
vs. LH Travis Wood (4-6, 77.2 IP, 54 K, 4.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

No lineups yet.

Series Wrap Up: The Astros

Scores:
Thursday: 5-3 Win at Houston. Marte impresses, Burnett cruises. Box score.
Friday: 6-5 Win at Houston. The Fort with a big day; late rally. Box score.
Saturday: 4-3 Win at Houston. Wandy not sharp in debut. Box score.
Sunday: 9-5 Loss at Houston. JMac struggles again, walks 7. Box score.

Season Record: 58-43, 2nd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Notes: The Bucs take 3 of 4 from the hapless Astros and still lose a game in the standings to the Reds. Starling Marte had an impressive debut, hitting a home run on the first pitch he saw in the majors. Garrett Jones lead the team with five hits in the series. Three of those went for extra bases. A.J. Burnett was the only starter who had a good outing but they all went at least 5 innings. Wandy Rodriguez walked 5 in his Pirates debut. Kevin Correia was moved to the bullpen, gave up 4 runs in 2 innings and demanded a trade.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Marte, S, LF, CF 18 2 4 2 0 3 4 0.222 0.211
Jones, G, RF, 1B 17 3 5 4 0 1 6 0.294 0.294
Alvarez, 3B 15 1 4 0 1 5 7 0.267 0.313
Walker, 2B 13 2 3 3 2 2 7 0.231 0.353
McCutchen, A, CF 12 2 4 0 1 1 8 0.333 0.385
Presley, RF, LF 12 2 4 2 1 5 5 0.333 0.385
Barmes, SS 10 1 3 2 0 3 1 0.300 0.300
McGehee, 1B 10 0 1 0 1 3 2 0.100 0.182
Barajas, C 8 1 1 1 1 2 3 0.125 0.222
McKenry, C 7 2 4 2 1 1 2 0.571 0.625
Burnett, AJ, P 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0.333 0.333
Harrison, SS 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 1.000 0.667
Sutton, PH-RF 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 0.000 0.333
Mercer, PR-SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
Karstens, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Rodriguez, W, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
  Totals 135 20 36 17 9 30 48 0.267 0.311

Batting
Doubles (5): McCutchen 2 (19), McKenry (9), Harrison (8), Walker (24)
Triples (1): Jones (2)
Home Runs (8): Marte (1), Jones 2 (16), Barmes (5), Presley 2 (8), McKenry (9), Walker (10)

Baserunning
SB: Marte (1)
CS: Marte (1)

Fielding
Double Plays: (Walker-Barmes-McGehee), (Alvarez-Walker-McGehee)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Burnett, AJ(W, 12-3) 7.3 4 2 2 1 5 2 2.45 0.68
Rodriguez, W 6.0 6 3 3 5 5 0 4.50 1.83
Karstens 5.0 6 4 4 3 7 2 7.20 1.80
McDonald, J(L, 10-5) 5.0 6 5 5 7 5 1 9.00 2.60
Hanrahan(S, 30,31) 2.0 2 1 1 1 4 0 4.50 1.50
Hughes, J 2.0 4 1 1 1 1 0 4.50 2.50
Correia 2.0 5 4 4 1 2 0 18.00 3.00
Lincoln(H, 4,5) 1.7 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 1.20
Grilli(S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Watson(W, 5-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Resop(W, 1-3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 1.00
  Totals 34.0 35 20 20 20 35 5 5.29 1.62

Transactions (since the AllStar break): Activated OF Alex Presley from the DL. Optioned 1B Matt Hague to AAA. Placed RHP Juan Cruz on the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Evan Meek from AAA. Traded minor league pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain and minor league OF Robbie Grossman to Houston for LHP Wandy Rodriguez. Optioned RHP Evan Meek to AAA. Optioned OF Gorkys Hernandez to AAA. Recalled OF Starling Marte from AAA. Traded minor leage 2B Brian Friday to Atlanta for minor league OF Christian Marrero. Assigned Marrero to AAA.

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