Pirates Acquire Gaby Sanchez

2:28pm: The Pirates obtained right-handed reliever Kyle Kaminska in the deal, Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports (on Twitter). The 23-year-old has a 5.20 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 in 53 2/3 innings of work for the Marlins' top two affiliates this year. He was selected in the 25th round of the 2007 draft.

2:08pm: The Pirates have acquired first baseman Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive balance pick, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Gaby Sanchez - Marlins (PW)

Sanchez, 28, hit 19 homers in both 2010 and 2011 and entered the 2012 season with a career batting line of .269/.346/.440. However, he posted a .202/.250/.306 batting line in 196 plate appearances with Miami this year, and the Marlins optioned him to the minor leagues on July 5th.

Hernandez, 24, appeared in 25 games for the Pirates this year, playing all three outfield positions and collecting his first two hits as a Major Leaguer. The former top prospect has a .281/.343/.377 batting line in seven minor league seasons. Hernandez was traded to Pittsburgh along with Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton three years ago in the Nate McLouth trade.

The Marlins are tentatively going to obtain the 33rd overall pick in the draft from Pittsburgh, Jim Callis of Baseball America reports (on Twitter). MLB recommended a bonus of $1.525MM for the 33rd overall selection this year.

Photo courtesy of US Presswire.

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  1. Andrew Lippman 3 years ago


  2. Greatone1210 3 years ago

    Great trade. Gaby is having a down year but maybe a change of scenery will help spur him on.

  3. mike melusky 3 years ago

    Neil Huntington, highway robbery.

    • formerdraftpick 3 years ago

      What does that phrase mean exactly? When was the last time you were on the highway and said, “Hunny, let’s jam a piece of blacktop in the trunk and make a run for it.”

      • Taylor Hope 3 years ago

        Not sure if being honest or… making bad joke

  4. Lee Foo Young 3 years ago

    don’t like giving up the comp pick

  5. bigpat 3 years ago

    Very happy about this deal, even though Huntington seems to be getting a little too cute and falling in love with those busted prospects again.

    They didn’t give up much at all to get a former all-star 1B though, he will be their 1B of the future and probably platoon with Jones for the rest of the season. I don’t believe he completely forgot how to play baseball in one year.

    • mike melusky 3 years ago

      A year ago Sanchez was an All Star and I wouldn’t call him a busted prospect (like Jeff Clement or Andy LaRoche or Brandon Moss.) Sanchez won’t be thrusted into the everyday lineup and can still turn the ship around.

      • bigpat 3 years ago

        I guess I’m paranoid after seeing so many of those types of players brought in over the past few years. They aren’t swinging for the fences like the Dodgers but I guess they are letting the current team play out the season since they’ve been solid and are adding pieces who can help a little now but more in the future.

      • Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider = Andy LaRoche and Lastings Milledge

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      Sanchez has a .298/.390/.488 career line against lefties. Jones has a career .275/.344/.491 line against righties. I do like the sounds of that.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Sanchez hopefully will get his offensive game back together. Was hoping the Fish would keep him and give him another chance in 2013 when Lee was gone.

      He’s a decent defensive player and something else Pirates fans may not know? Good in a scrap, ask Nyjer Morgan when he nearly took his head off after Morgan started a brawl against them.. Gaby clotheslined Morgan when Morgan charged the mound.. It was hilarious.. Tiny Morgan should have never gotten near the hulking Sanchez…

      You can google the video…

  6. iTarget Designs 3 years ago

    Well I admit, this is like barter basics, lets trade my “maybe good guy” for your “used to be good guy:.. popcorn not included

  7. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    I love you, Neal Huntington!

  8. Sky14 3 years ago

    Seems like an overpay. Sanchez was never worth a 1st round pick.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

      no one really knows what these first round picks are worth though. I think it’s a solid deal. I would just prefer the Pirates to bring in some good players instead of slumping change of scenery guys, not really the time of the year to do that stuff. Not losing much though and they will still have two picks in round one, including a top ten pick for failing to sign Appel.

      • CowboyJames 3 years ago

        “no one really knows what these first round picks are worth”__I mean it is what it is. How is the 33rd overall pick any different now than it was in the past? So because they came up with the fancy name “competitive balance lottery” we now have no idea what the 33rd overall pick is? I mean obviously its a draft so you don’t know whether you’re getting a star, a role player, or a bust. But that’s the case with any draft. Not just the “competitive balance lottery”. Am I missing something?

  9. Do the Marlins have Blackmail on other gm’s or something? Zach Cox and now a draft pick for waste pieces?

    • the Pirates have two other first rounders next year, including a top 10 pick since Appel didn’t sign with them. so that pick was expendable. plus, Hernandez is hitting .083 in the majors. hardly something to write home about.

  10. Great Pirates pickup, gotta love not relying on Jones/McGehee and Sanchez is a good bet to rebound.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

      Not relying on Jones would be silly right now with the power he’s provided.

    • BeatEmBucs 3 years ago

      Garrett Jones is quietly having a nice season, power wise. He hit his 16th HR two days ago, which matched his season total of a year ago and is slugging a healthy .513.

      • Smrtbusnisman04 3 years ago

        His on-base % is still below .300 and just barely above his .265 average. Just like every other hitter in their lineup not named McCutchen or Walker, Jones is only good at swinging for the fences, not producing (driviing in and creatingg) runs.

  11. Like it, im a fan of taking risk, love the trades of snider and sanchez, buy low with spare parts!

  12. HAHA OVERPAY.. Keep it going Pitt and St Louis, making the Reds job easier

    • Hernandez was hitting a whopping .083 this season! yeah, huge overpayment for a guy whose career BA is around .260.

      • bucco_nation 3 years ago

        Gorkys was awesome on D, but was just a waste of space on the bench. I’m not crazy about the comp pick, but we get a pretty good bench bat in Sanchez and what looks to be a somewhat decent AA arm. Not an overpayment, and definitely not a “huge overpay”.

    • bucco_nation 3 years ago

      I realize that the Reds are literally the only bright spot in the city of Cincinnati. But is the inferiority complex that bad over there that you guys have to comment like this on every Buccos or Cards post?

      Don’t really have a feeling about this trade… but I’m pretty sure Gaby Sanchez = the Spanish Casey McGhee.

  13. Rob Lucci 3 years ago

    get Gaby far away from the Mets as possible.

    • Smrtbusnisman04 3 years ago

      The Pirates play 4 games against the Mets in september.

  14. st1300b 3 years ago

    Well this should be the end of discussions about Matt Hauge and/or Jeff Clement being a part of the roster. Sanchez / Jones now become the platoon and Casey McGehee looks to see either the bench and possibly Mercer / Harrison go down?

  15. disqus_LDSpfXdZZR 3 years ago

    What’s with all the negativity? Gaby Sanchez has been a 20-80 guy the last two years. Sure he’s had a hiccup this season, but let’s slow down. Gorkys is a late-inning defensive replacement who can’t hit MLB pitching. The draft pick is a exactly that, a pick. This is 2012. That pick won’t be in the majors (if ever) for 3-5 years. Good trade.

    • formerdraftpick 3 years ago

      Well, I would be positive if the new wasn’t so negative. Who’s next in the sell off…the McCutchen brothers?

      • Todd Smith 3 years ago

        Are you really comparing Andrew McCutchen to Gorkys Hernandez and Casey McGehee?

        • formerdraftpick 3 years ago

          @Todd Smith No. I was comparing the McCutchen Brothers, Andrew and Daniel, on a line by line stat analysis to Gorkys, Casey McGehee and Sammy Khalifia – sar·casm ˈsärˌkazəm – The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

  16. JP Brooks 3 years ago

    Pirates fans are crazy. They get pissed when they don’t make any moves but when they do, they get pissed that they’re giving something up of value.

    Newsflash: you don’t get talent if you don’t give up something of value.

    • formerdraftpick 3 years ago

      Get something good. At least trade in the Mustang for something of lesser or equal value. Not a Yugo that was once in showroom condition and may run.

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      Not all of us are crazy, but it has been a little embarrassing lately. Some Pirate fans seem to want a recognizable name more than a quality player.

      • formerdraftpick 3 years ago

        Do you have to pick one or the other? There are no consistent brand named players that are quality that the Pirates could have obtained. A packaged deal of Lincoln, the future draft pick, McGehee, Correia, Gorkys and another prospect couldn’t appeal to any team at all?

        • Todd Smith 3 years ago

          Well…yeah. You pick the quality player, regardless if he’s on Sports Center a lot or not.

          Clearly those players did appeal to any team at all, as we got Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez back for them. We’re you expecting to package all of them together, throw Correia in and get Felix Hernandez back instead?

    • Charles Terwilliger 3 years ago

      I think its because Pirates fans are so used to giving up all our major talent for nothing in return that we actually expect other teams might do the same for us

  17. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    Marlins making roster moves galore, do they have 5-6 guys to call up after all these trades have settled?

  18. Alex Henry 3 years ago

    Now then we acquired another player it makes me find it acceptable a little bit i don’t like it but i don’t hate it like i did 10 mins ago still don’t like giving up a top 40 pick though

    • CowboyJames 3 years ago

      Don’t hate it as much as I did ten minutes ago…thats awesome man. Just awesome.

  19. Remember92 3 years ago

    What are the chances that the Pirates got these two guys to package together with a couple pitching prospects to get a bigger bat. You then give a team a decent first base prospect (with an MLB track record), a super high upside outfield prospect, and a couple MLB ready arms for a bigger bat????

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      I’d say zero chance. These are moves that help the Pirates now as well as the next several years.

      • Remember92 3 years ago

        Was just thinking you could then send McGehee and Snider plus a AAA arm to the Padres for Headley. Or maybe include Jones since we got Sanchez even though I would absolutely hate to lose GI this year with the way he has been swinging the bat.

  20. PursueYourDream 3 years ago

    You can tell who are the True Pirate fans and who are the bandwagon (lets win the world series this year) type fans. The trade the Pirates have made are quality trades to improve the team now and for the future. Stop complaining about not getting enough or giving up too much. The front office built this team and will make it better. Trust them people

    • bigpat 3 years ago

      Part of being a fan is being critical of their moves as well. God forbid fans want to see the team have their first winning season in 20 years.

      For as much good as NH and this front office have done, they’ve also made some blunders and I think ownership has been giving NH every opportunity to improve the team as opposed to them being handcuffed for many years when it came to drafting rookies and such.

      Also the two best players on the offense came from the previous regime, Cutch and Walker. Neal has been a whiz when it comes to acquiring pitching but I’m still not sold on his eye for bats.

      • Todd Smith 3 years ago

        Somehow, maybe because they lost a game to the Cubs last night, some Pirate fans have decided today that this team is a doomed, sinking ship and the only thing that could have possibly saved this team from utter disaster and another losing season is Hunter Pence and his .784 OPS.

        The Pirates currently sit 3 wins shy of the best record in baseball. Some people just want a recognizable name just for the sake of getting a recognizable name.

  21. Smrtbusnisman04 3 years ago

    I do like the trade from a ‘buy low’ angle, but I wish the comp. pick had been used on a bigger star like Justin Upton.

  22. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    I wonder if the Pirates could have packaged Sutton, Lincoln, Gorky’s, the draft pick, and a prospect or two for Hart, Upton, or Pence?

  23. bigpat 3 years ago

    If the Pirates didn’t add to their bullpen after the Lincoln deal, they are worse right now then they were before making these deals.

  24. Taylor Hope 3 years ago

    Wow, I tend to believe that the Pirates blindfolded and robbed the Marlins here, yet Pittsburgh fans are upset about this trade? Gorkys Hernandez sucks! Gaby Sanchez can definitely go back to his old form and Kaminska may be a decent arm one day!

    • Gumby65 3 years ago

      Old form? Maybe LA Could have found a way to get Pittsburgh to take James Loney’s current form.

  25. rsanchez1 3 years ago

    This trade lets the Marlins move LoMo to 1B and start Gorkys in LF for 2013.

    They really should’ve traded Lee instead of Sanchez, though.

    • Jeff Snedden 3 years ago

      Gorkys hasn’t shown any ability to hit major league pitching. He is a fantastic defensive outfielder though, if thats all you’re looking for.

  26. Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

    I really hate this trade…

  27. agreed 100% ed sprague was an all-star

  28. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    Tell that to Chone Figgins.

  29. CowboyJames 3 years ago

    Not necessarily. I don’t think anybody in the Miami front office is thinking past Dinner time.

  30. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Easy now, Pittsburgh still has a soft spot for Mario Mendoza eh…

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