The Milwaukee Brewers have traded third baseman Casey McGehee to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Jose Veras.
After the Brewers acquired Aramis Ramirez earlier today via free agency, a trade became more likely for McGehee. I personally thought there was no way the Brewers would deal McGehee because of his prolific 2010 season and that he would be able to platoon first base with left-handed hitter Mat Gamel, assuming Prince Fielder does not re-sign with the Brewers. Of course, that is why I’m writing this article instead of sitting in Doug Melvin’s chair making the big calls.
The 31 year old reliever had a typical season with the Pirates last season. In 71 innings pitched, Veras had a record of 2-4 with a 3.80 ERA, 79 strikeouts, 34 walks and 27 holds. He only saved one game in eight opportunities.
The Brewers had to bolster the bullpen and this was one way to do it. Given McGehee’s terrible slump last year, Melvin apparently felt there was no way he was going to come back to form. Let’s hope Melvin is right and this trade doesn’t come back to bite Milwaukee.