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2015 MLB Trade Deadline: Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire Aramis Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez is a Pittsburgh Pirate again. The 37-year-old third-baseman is heading back to Pittsburgh, nearly 12 years after being dealt from the Pirates to the Cubs. In return, the Brewers will get right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. Barrios, currently playing in Triple-A Indianapolis, is expected to join the Brewers’ Double-A affiliate Biloxi. In 33 games with both Indianapolis and Altoona, the 23-year-old has a 1-3 record, a 3.12 ERA and 11 saves.

How This Impacts the Pirates

With recent injuries to Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison, the Pirates were desperate for help in the infield. Ramirez will take over the hot corner for the Pirates, while rookie Jung-Ho Kang is expected to slide over to the shortstop position. The three-time All-Star has struggled this season, hitting just .247 in 81 games so far. He’s come on of late, slashing .352/.422/.500 in the month of July, and will be counted to help provide some pop in the middle of the order.

Ramirez’s production per month:

AB AVG. H HR RBI
April 70 .214 15 2 7
May 67 .239 16 4 9
June 88 .216 19 3 17
July 54 .352 19 2 9

(Stats courtesy of ESPN)

The Pirates are currently six games behind the division leading St. Louis Cardinals in the National League, but lead the Wild Card by three games over the Cubs.

How This Impacts the Brewers

The Brewers are in full sell mode now. Currently 11 games below .500, the Brewers will look to unload some high-priced players and collect some talented, young players for the future. To help facilitate the trade, Milwaukee will help pay three million of Ramirez’s remaining salary for the season, per Ken Rosenthal.

With 3B now open for the taking, rookie Hernan Perez will get the start at third tonight and should continue to see starts there until the end of the season. In 106 at bats this season, the 24-year-old is hitting .245 with one home run and four RBIs. He’s not much of a fantasy option, but over the last 30 games, he’s collected 23 hits in 60 at bats (.383 AVG). Fantasy owners in deeper league can probably find better than Perez, but he makes for a decent short-term solution until other options open up.

This is the first of probably many other deals for the Brewers before the July 31 trade deadline. With names like Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers floating around the rumor mill, expect one, if not both, to no longer be in a Brewers uniform come next Friday. General manager Doug Melvin is going to be extremely busy in the next couple of days.

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