By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports was the first to report the deal. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that the Pirates will pay $3 million of Ramirez’s remaining salary.
Ramirez was signed by the Pirates as a highly touted amateur prospect out of the Dominican Republic way back in 1994. He was called up by the Pirates in 1998 as a 20-year-old. A week before the 2003 trade deadline, former Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield pulled off arguably the worst trade in club history by dealing Ramirez along with former All-Star outfielder Kenny Lofton to the Chicago Cubs for a very mediocre package that included infielders Jose Hernandez, Bobby Hill and pitcher Matt Bruback, who never reached the Majors. Ramirez had been with the Brewers since 2012. This season, he’s hitting .247 with a .725 OPS. Defensively, Ramirez has still been steady, as he’s committed just five errors.
Barrios signed with the Pirates in 2009 out of Colombia. He was originally an infielder, but made the conversion to pitcher in 2013. Barrios possesses a mid-to-upper 90’s fastball. In 33 appearances this season for AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis, he’s posted a 2.68 ERA along with a 1.31 WHIP.
The Pirates of course will have Ramirez at third base until Josh Harrison makes his return from the disabled list.