Pirates Nab Sanchez,Snider Mere Hours Before Trade Deadline

Pushing their trade prospects to the very last minute today, the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up All-Star first baseman Gaby Sanchez from the Florida Marlins, a huge boost to the team’s batting lineup and fielding. Also offered in the trade was Kyle Kaminska, a minor league pitcher. While the trade certainly didn’t come for free (the Pirates gave up their extra 2013 draft pick and minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez), it looks as if the Pirates will come out ahead on the trade. Pittsburgh Pirates tickets will give fans a chance to see this new outfielder in action as early as tonight.

But Pittsburgh will have some work to do in Sanchez, as the struggling player is having one of his toughest years for the Marlins. At 28-years-old, Sanchez is only batting at .202, and was previously demoted to a Triple-A team earlier this year — a demotion that lasted almost 30 days. But Sanchez had 17 RBIs, as well as a trio of home runs too. The Pirates are hoping to recapture Sanchez’ past performance, as he was named a National League All-Star only last year. Will the switch to Pirate colors give Sanchez the boost he needs to enjoy All-Star status again?

The Sanchez pickup wasn’t the only trade activity by the Pirates today. The team also traded pitcher Brad Lincoln for Travis Snider, formerly an outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays. Snider has a much more shining batting record this year than Sanchez with a .335 average, 13 home runs, and 57 RBIs while playing in the Triple-A. Shortly after Snider was pulled in the sixth inning of a game against the Mariners, Pittsburgh announced the trade.

Pittsburgh is a playoff contender this year with a good shot at the wild-card spot, as well as the National League Central Division Title.


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