Braves Acquire Brian Friday From Pirates for Christian Marrero

BRADENTON FL - FEBRUARY 20: Infielder Brian Friday #77 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during photo day at Pirate City on February 20 2011 in Bradenton Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves acquired minor league shortstop Brian Friday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Christian Marrero, as first reported by Dan Simpson of Talking Chop.

The Braves are currently using Paul Janish at shortstop, with Tyler Pastornicky backing him up. Injuries to Andrelton Simmons and Jack Wilson have been a big blow to their organizational depth at the position.

Friday, 26, was the Pirates third-round pick of the 2007 draft. In his third season in Triple-A, the Rice University product is hitting .232/.324/.304 with no home runs and just 12 extra-base hits over 66 games.

This trade was also a move to add depth for the Pirates, who recently recalled outfielder Starling Marte. Marrero was a 22nd-round pick in 2005 by the Chicago White Sox, who traded him to Atlanta for cash considerations in March.

Marrero has hit .248/.352/.392 with four home runs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

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