Pittsburgh Pirates' Revolving Door Spins Again

Tim KingCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 08:  Eric Hinske #16 of the Pittsburgh Pirates runs against the New York Mets on May 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 7-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Pirates roster shakeout continued in earnest today, as the club made one deal with the New York Yankees and are said to be on the verge of a second with the Washington Nationals.

The deal with the Yankees sent utility man Eric Hinske to the Bronx along with $400,000 for outfielder Eric Fryer and pitcher Casey Erickson.  Fryer was hitting .250 with a pair of home runs and 24 RBI with high Class-A Tampa and will be assigned to the Pirates high Class-A team in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Erickson was 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 appearances with the Yankees' low Class-A team in Charleston.  His ERA out of the bullpen is 1.10.  He will be assigned to the Pirates' low Class-A team in Charleston, West Virginia. 

As part of the deal, the Pirates have recalled outfielder Garret Jones from AAA Indianapolis.  He will be in uniform tonight when the Bucs take on the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. 

Jones was hitting .309 for the Indians with 12 HR and 48 RBI.  He is second in the International League in total bases.  Jones has mostly been an outfielder this season but can also play first base. 

The Pirates are also rumored to be close to a deal that would send outfielder Nyger Morgan to the Washington Nationals for outfielder Lastings Milledge and a second player, thought to be a pitcher.  

Milledge hit .268 with 14 HR and 61 RBI with the Nationals last year.  He is presently rehabbing a hand injury. 

The Nationals have proposed several deals with the Pirates for Morgan over the last two weeks but have been unwilling to this point to part with a second player.