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.