Pirates get 1B Gaby Sanchez from Marlins

  • Tue Jul 31st, 2012 2:11pm
  • Sports

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired former All-Star first baseman Gaby Sanchez from the Miami Marlins in a deal announced right before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

The Pirates also got minor-league pitcher Kyle Kaminska for minor-league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and Pittsburgh’s extra draft pick in 2013 given to financially weaker teams.

The 28-year-old Sanchez was having a disappointing year. He was batting only .202 with three home runs and 17 RBIs, and had been demoted to Triple-A in May for nearly a month.

Sanchez hit 19 home runs in each of the previous two seasons and was an NL All-Star last year.

Pittsburgh is chasing Cincinnati for the NL Central title and doing well in the wild-card race.

The Marlins recently traded away star infielder Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Miami got three-time All-Star Carlos Lee from Houston in early July, but the first baseman did little damage for his new team.

Kaminska, a 23-year-old righty, was a combined 6-4 with one save and a 5.20 ERA in Triple-A and Double-A.

Hernandez had two hits and batted .083 for Pittsburgh this season. The 24-year-old hit .257 with two homers and 25 RBIs in Triple-A.