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Pirates acquire Jeanmar Gomez from Cleveland


ESPN’s Keith Law reported today that the Pirates have acquired “staring pitcher” Jeanmar Gomez from Cleveland for ” OF prospect” Quincy Latimore. I put those positions in quotes because both players barely qualify as such.

Gomez, 24, posted a 5.96 ERA over 90 2/3 innings last season. He’s a “sixth starter” type player who also is serviceable in a middle relief or mop up role. He has pitched in parts of three seasons with the Indians.

Latimore, 23, was the Pirates’ fourth round pick in 2007 and has shown some pop in his time in the minors, hitting 15+ homers in each of the past three seasons. However, his highest OPS came in 2010 in High-A ball at .767. At this point, Latimore looks like an organizational guy with a very low chance of cracking a Major League roster.

Gomez will be placed on the Pirates’ 40-man roster, but I will be pretty surprised if he is still on it by Opening Day. He is out of options, so would have to clear waivers if he doesn’t make the 25-man roster.

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