Pirates Trade for Shortstop

Adeiny Hechavarria comes from Tampa Bay

Jeff Hathhorn
August 06, 2018 - 6:38 pm

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Looking to improve their defense and add some depth to their middle infield, the Pirates traded for Adeiny Hechavarria and cash for low-A West Virginia reliever Matt Seelinger.

The 29-year-old Hechavarria was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay after hitting .258 with 3 HR and 26 RBI in 61 games at short.  Manager Clint Hurdle says the Cuban native will also play second and third.

Hurdle says the move adds defensive stability and athleticism and he believes Hechavarria can also handle the bat.  The righty hitter was twice a Gold Glove finalist.

“Once we got to a point where we were secure in knowing and talking to people that have lived with him, played with him, spent time in the dirt with him, in the dugout and clubhouse with him,” Hurdle said of when they knew to make the deal.  “There’s going to be an opportunity to add value in all of those areas with his addition.”

The 23-year-old Seelinger was a 28th round pick of the Bucs from SUNY Farmingdale last year.  Seelinger was 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 28 games with 7 saves with the West Virginia Power this season.