The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez and cash considerations from the Brewers in exchange for minor-league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios, as first reported by Craig Calcaterra of NBCSports.com. The teams officially announced the trade:
The trade includes cash considerations from Milwaukee as the Pirates send minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios to the Brewers.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 23, 2015
Pittsburgh will be responsible for $3 million of Ramirez' remaining salary for the season, meaning the Brewers sent the Pirates about $2.75 million in cash considerations. Ramirez is a free agent after the season, and has said he will retire after eighteen major-league seasons.
The 37-year-old Ramirez is hitting .247/.295/.430 with eleven home runs in 2015 for Milwaukee. He will fill in for the injured Josh Harrison at third base and may be able to shift to first base once Harrison returns if the Pirates trade away Pedro Alvarez, as they have been trying to do. Ramirez also drew interest from the Mets in trade rumors this summer, and Pittsburgh was reported to be looking at Clint Barmes, Cliff Pennington and Ben Zobrist as potential infield options.
Ramirez spent the first five-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Pirates before being traded to the Cubs twelve years ago, hitting .263/.312/.435 with 76 home runs in that span. The three-time All-Star has declined a bit this season but has looked better as of late, and will provide some pop in the absence of Harrison and Pirates' shortstop Jordy Mercer.
Barrios is a 23-year-old reliever who has spent the season at Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, posting a 2.68 ERA in 40⅓ innings, walking 17 and striking out 21. He has never been ranked as a top-30 prospect in the Pirates' system and appears to be a depth piece for a Brewers' bullpen that could see significant change if the team makes more moves before the trade deadline.