According to MLBTradeRumors, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers completed a trade in which relief pitcher Jose Veras was sent to the Brewers in exchange for third baseman Casey McGehee. The move seems to be change-of-scenery related because both Veras and McGehee are talented players coming off decent, but not great, seasons.
Veras, a 31-year-old right-handed reliever, has played for four teams in his career and has been relatively productive at each one of his stops. With the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, and Pirates, Veras didn't give up many baserunners and kept a relatively low ERA (normally hovering around 4.00). Veras is known for his hard fastball, which can consistently reach the mid-to-upper 90s.
Prior to the 2011 season in which he pitched 71.0 innings, however, Veras hadn't ever been counted on for a significant number of innings. His previous career high in innings pitched was 57.2 in 2008 with the Yankees. Veras will be a nice addition to a mediocre Brewers bullpen, but it remains to be seen how many innings he can pitch effectively.
McGehee, a 29-year-old third baseman who started his career with the Cubs, had a wonderful 2010 season for Milwaukee, hitting .285 with 23 home runs and 104 RBI. He assumed the starting job at third base in 2011 but suffered through a dreadful season, hitting just .223 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI.
McGehee just couldn't find his groove and was deemed movable this offseason. The Brewers filled the vacancy left at third base by signing former Chicago Cub Aramis Ramirez earlier today.
McGehee will likely play first base for Pittsburgh, as the young Pedro Alvarez is currently manning third base for the Pirates. A move to a smaller market might help McGehee find his way, and if he does he will give the Pirates very good offensive production in 2012.