Originally posted on Brewers Bar  |  Last updated 12/12/11
This probably shouldn't be as much of a surprise as it was, but the Brewers capped off a busy day by trading Casey McGehee to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Jose Veras. With Aramis Ramirez signing with the Brewers earlier in the day and the non-tender deadline at 11 p.m. Central, today seemed like a good bet to be McGehee's last with the Brewers one way or another.The Brewers made it sound like they'd be willing to move McGehee across the diamond if they signed Ramirez, but now it's pretty clear they were just trying to preserve any last shred of trade value he had. McGehee's bat never would have played well at first, although I don't doubt he'd be a decent defender there. Getting anything for McGehee is a plus considering his future was in doubt. Getting a useful pitcher in Jose Veras back is actually a pretty big bonus. Veras was a non-tender candidate himself in Pittsburgh, a year after he was non-tendered by Florida. It's not that he's a bad pitcher, but he's just the ty...
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