Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/12/11
MILWAUKEE - With free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez set to join the Brewers, the team made space for him Monday by trading Casey McGehee to Pittsburgh for right-hander Jose Veras. McGehee, 29, was named the Brewers' Most Valuable Player in 2010 after hitting .285 with 23 home runs and 104 RBI. He had a miserable season in 2011, though, hitting just .223 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI. He remained in the starting lineup through the end of the season but was replaced by Jerry Hairston, Jr. for the playoffs. In Veras, the Brewers are getting much-needed help for their bullpen next season. The 31-year-old went 2-4 last year with a 3.80 ERA and one save in a career-high 79 appearances - the second-most of any NL reliever. In 71 innings of work, he gave up 54 hits while striking out 79. Veras has a lifetime record of 14-13 in a six-year career that includes stops in New York (AL), Cleveland, Florida and Pittsburgh. Both players are arbitration-eligible.
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