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Pirates acquire third baseman Casey McGehee

Veteran third baseman to provide insurance for Alvarez

The Pirates acquired third baseman Casey McGehee from Milwaukee in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jose Veras. The team also agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli on a one-year contract for the 2012 season.

McGehee hit.223 with 13 homeruns and 67 RBI in 155 games for the Brewers last season. The 29-year-old McGehee hit .285 with 23 homers and 104 RBI in 2010 but was made expendable after Milwaukee signed free agent Aramis Ramirez to be the club’s starting third baseman.

Veras made a career-high 79 appearances for the Pirates in 2011, posting a 3.80 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 34 walks in 71 innings.

The 35-year-old Grilli went 2-1 with one save and a 2.48 ERA in 28 relief appearances with the Pirates in 2011, striking out 37 batters in 32.2 innings of work after being signed as a free agent on July 21. He was charged with just two earned runs in his last 19 games (20.2ip), dating back to August 11.

The Pirates also announced that infielder Pedro Ciriaco and catcher Jason Jaramillo officially became free agents because they were not tendered major league contracts by the club. All other players who required a major league contract tender to retain their services were tendered a major league contract prior to the deadline.

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