Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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With the trade deadline rapidly approaching this afternoon, the Pirates sent Gorkys Hernandez and their competitive balance draft pick to the Marlins for Gaby Sanchez and right-handed reliever Kyle Kaminista. Sanchez struggled quite a bit in 50 games with the Marlins this year (.202/.250/.306) and that resulted in a demotion to Triple-A, but prior to this year he posted back-to-back 19 homer seasons in 2010 and 2011. It seems to me that this is a move that's being made more with an eye towards depth, and maybe even future depth. With Travis Snider taking over in right field, Garrett Jones moves to first base. The assumption last night was that he would platoon there with Casey McGehee, but now the Pirates have another option in Sanchez. Over his career, he's got a .298/.390/.488 line against lefties and his OPS against righties is only .715. That makes him a useful player, if only a marginally useful one. Of course, the same thing is true of Gorkys Hernandez to an even smaller degre...
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