The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired infielder Aramis Ramirez and cash considerations from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
Ramirez, who is hitting .352 (19-for-54) in 16 games this month and .333 (28-for-84) in 25 games since June 19, produced a .247 (69-for-279) average, 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 81 games with the Brewers this season. He took home National League Player-of-the-Week honors for the week of June 29 to July 5 after hitting .545 with a home run and 11 RBI.
Ramirez entered today with 375 career home runs as a third baseman, which ranks fifth on the all-time Major League list and second among active players exclusively at that position.
The 37-year-old Ramirez was originally signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on August 31, 1994 and made his Major League debut at the age of 19 with Pittsburgh on May 26, 1998 at Milwaukee.
The three-time National League All-Star has hit .284 with 482 doubles, 380 home runs and 1384 RBI in 2138 games in the big leagues.
The Pirates will make a corresponding move on the 25-man active roster when Ramirez joins the team. To make room for Ramirez on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated Steve Lombardozzi for assignment.