Pirates Acquire Eliecer Cardenas

The Pirates announced that they have acquired right-hander Eliecer Cardenas from the Braves to complete the deal that sent Matt Diaz back to Atlanta last month. The Braves acquired Diaz from Pittsburgh for a player to be named on August 31st, the last day for teams to add players who are eligible for the postseason.

Cardenas, 23, reached Double-A this year, though he spent most of his season at Class A. The Dominican pitched 59 2/3 total innings, all in relief, and posted a 2.11 ERA with 11.5 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 (his ERA with Class A Lynchburg was 0.79). The Braves selected Cardenas from the Twins in the minor league phase of last winter's Rule 5 draft.

9 Responses to Pirates Acquire Eliecer Cardenas Leave a Reply

  1. WisBrave 4 years ago

    Great trade.

    • bucco_nation 4 years ago

      Matt Diaz is the best player ever!!!!!!!

      • Its a 23 year old having trouble making it up in the minors – I’ll take it for Diaz anyday.  The Pirates tried to use him in a role which just doesn’t fit – he is a platoon/bench bat that should only be used against lefties, period.

        • BucSox 4 years ago

          The Pirates had him in that role for the first 3 months of the season and he couldn’t hit lefties at all.

  2. migueljablonski 4 years ago

    why not

  3. austinhb 4 years ago

    No, this is not that guy. He has probably the best slider in the Braves system but was real inconsistent.

  4. domaug 4 years ago

    so a classic example of the typical Pirates trade, eh?  they trade a major-league player (not that good at all, but a major-league player anyway) for a player that may never reach the majors at all?  i’m not surprised.

  5. pirateswillwinin2013 4 years ago

    Great insight

  6. dude the buccos traded a bench guy in diaz, who was not producing at all with them, for a PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER with the braves. in the majors when a “player to be named later” is involved in a trade, that team (the braves in this case) puts together a list of minor leaguers they are willing to part with and gives that list to the other team in the transaction (the pirates) and they get to pick which player they want from the list based on scouting. so get your baseball knowledge right before you come on here and diss the pirates management, who within the huntington era, have done a pretty solid job in my opinion. think about how they were a 57-105 team just last season and now all of the young talent are coming up through the system and going to become full time major leaguers soon (ie: tabata, mccutchen, presley, hughes, d’arnaud, harrison, etc) and are now a 70+ win team

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