Pirates acquire Mike McKenry; DFA Wyatt Toregas

Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that sources say the Pirates have acquired Boston Red Sox catcher Mike McKenry.

McKenry, 26, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Rockies this spring and is currently hitting .280/.370/.430 in 28 games with AAA-Pawtucket. He was the Rockies’ 7th round pick in 2006 and has a career .811 OPS over 6 seasons in the Minors.

Based on his numbers, he seems to have decent pop in his bat, however his strength seems to be his defense. He has thrown out 36% of attempted base stealers in his career. Simply put, though, he will be an upgrade over Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas.

No word yet on what the Pirates have given up for McKenry, but I can not imagine it will be anything significant. Also, a corresponding move will have to be made here to create room for McKenry on both the 25-man and 40-man roster.

UPDATE – 11:53 PM:

It is now confirmed. The Pirates have, indeed, acquired McKenry. The Red Sox will receiver either a player to be named later or cash. Wyatt Toregas has been designated for assignment to make room for McKenry on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.

Toregas’ stint with the club lasted all of 4 days. He played in 2 games and went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

  • Steelreign

    Nice. I like this kid. He is a gamer and clutch with the bat. He will be a positive contributer right away and never looks to be over his head. Kudos to Neil Huntington.

  • Dave Anderson

    Now they can get rid of the other dead weight that is always on the D L .

  • David Troyer

    Seriously, " Simply put, though, he will be an upgrade over Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas.". This guy looks like an upgrade to Snyder and Doumit.