Pirates trade for Jason Michaels

The Pirates acquired outfielder Jason Michaels and cash considerations from the Indians today for a player to be named later. To make room for Michaels, Nyjer Morgan was demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. The 32-year-old Michaels was released by Cleveland on Tuesday.
I’m not sure I understand this deal. Michaels had struggled this season (.207/.258/.276) and has not productive for a couple of years. Meanwhile, Kevin Thompson has been red-hot in Indy. Of course, Thompson’s success has been fueled by a very high BABIP, so I wouldn’t expect it to continue for long. And maybe Neal Huntington sees something in Michaels and is attempting to buy low on him.
It will not be an issue if the PTBNL is insignificant. It just seems like an unnecessary move.

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3 Responses to “Pirates trade for Jason Michaels”

  1. Randy Says:

    This one caught me off guard. The PG mentioned an imminent deal was possible due to the spots on the 40 man roster that were open. So, I thought the club would trade an old guy for a pair of marginal minor leaguers.
    I had no idea that Michaels was 32. Didn’t think he’d been around as long as he had.
    I agree – this one doesn’t make much sense.

  2. Pizza Cutter Says:

    Neal Huntington, new Pirates GM, used to be in the Indians front office. Might have something to do with that. Huntington might have been the guy who argued for Michaels in the first place, and since I’m guessing the Indians are picking up all of his salary ‘cept for the MLB minimum, Huntington can take another flyer on one of “his” guys.
    Michaels didn’t have a bad year last year (not a good one either), and my guess is that the Indians aren’t getting anyone of any note at all back. So, basically, it’s a free OF.

  3. AMHardulak Says:

    Watch and see–Jason Michaels will do well for Pittsburgh!


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