The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jose Veras. The announcement was made by Pittsburgh’s Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
The 29-year-old McGehee made 147 appearances at third base and five at first base in 2011, hitting 13 home runs and knocking in 67 runs. He homered three times vs. St. Louis on August 3, becoming the 11th player in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game. McGehee was named Milwaukee’s Most Valuable Player in 2010 (voted by Milwaukee BBWAA) after he batted .285 with 23 home runs, 104 RBI and a .337 OBP in 157 games. His 102 RBI as a third baseman in 2010 set a franchise record for that position. He led N.L. third basemen in hits (172) and doubles (38) during the 2010 campaign in addition to leading all Major League players with 28 RBI during the month of August.
“Casey McGehee adds a quality option for us at both corner infield positions and adds depth to our position player group,” said Huntington.
Originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, McGehee was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee on October 29, 2008. He made his big league debut with the Cubs on September 2, 2008. In his first full season in the Majors with Milwaukee in 2009, McGehee hit .301 with 20 doubles, 16 homers, 66 RBI and a .360 OBP in 116 games. He led all Major League rookies in RBI and ranked second in batting while finishing fifth in the voting for N.L. Rookie-of-the-Year.