Per pay per head sportsbook, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Aramis goes back to a familiar place. He was acquired on Thursday 12 years to day Ramirez was sent to the Cubs. He was exchanged for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.
The Pirates also received cash consideration in exchange for Aramis. The Pirates made the trade after losing Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer to injury.
Their trailing the St. Louis Cardinals and remain six games behind in the NL Central.
“The fact we’ve got two players that are out for probably for a large chunk of time is what really pushed us into action here,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “When we lost one, we were fine. When we lost the second, it was a challenge.”
Ramirez, who was in Arizona with the Brewers at the time of the swap, is expected to join the Pirates on Saturday when they play Washington.
“We felt this was a legitimate major league bat that wherever [manager] Clint [Hurdle] wants to put him in the lineup, he can do some damage for us,” Huntington said. “He can be a threat and provide some protection. That was important for us.”
The move to Pittsburgh allows Ramirez who says he is retiring after the season to end it where it started. Nine months short of his 20th birthday, Ramirez broke into the league.
“I’m so sorry to see Aramis go, and we’ve been playing well lately and he’s been a big part of it. He’s swung the bat real well lately,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s had a great career, I know it’s winding down but he’s been fun to watch play. He’s one of the better third basemen to play this game.”
Ramirez has had a stellar career playing for many teams in the MLB. His defense has always been adequate and his bat has always been his calling card. The Pirates will now play Jung Ho Kang at shortstop exclusively. Harrison is likely out till early September per Sportsbook Software services. The Pirates have said that they have not talked to Aramis about extending his career beyond next year.