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Pirates Trade Jim Negrych To Marlins

The Pirates have traded minor-league infielder and former Pitt baseball star Jim Negrych to the Marlins for minor-league catcher Carlos Paulino. Negrych believed he deserved a spot with Class AAA Indianapolis, but the Pirates have a number of infielders they like better at that level, so they're doing something nice for Negrych by allowing him to continue his career somewhere else.

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Negrych, 26, has a .301 career minor-league batting average and a .379 on-base percentage, but that's about all he's got - he doesn't have much power, and he has a reputation for being a butcher with the glove. He probably does deserve a shot in Class AAA somewhere, but he isn't likely to ever have much of a major-league career, because his bat isn't good enough to offset his ugly fielding.

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Paulino, 21, appears to be an awful hitter and won't do anything more than provide minor-league depth. It looks like the Pirates have plenty of catching for their Class A teams, so it isn't clear where he'll go.

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