The Pirates have acquired 1B Chris McGuiness from the Rangers for RHP Miles Mikolas, both clubs announced. McGuiness, 25, appeared in ten games for Texas in 2013. He hit .246 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 104 games for Texas’ Triple-A Round Rock last season.
The Mets are still looking to trade 1B Ike Davis, and had been talking with the Pirates, as well as the Orioles and Brewers (Puma, Dec. 27).
They are targeting young pitching in return for Davis and recently asked Pittsburgh for pitching prospect Nick Kingham (Perrotto, Dec. 17) and 20-year-old minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles (Puma, Dec. 27).
In talks with Milwaukee, Sandy Alderson asked for RHP Tyler Thornburg during the Winter Meetings (McCalvy, Dec. 11, Duquette, Dec. 10), but Thornburg is set to be Milwaukee’s fifth starter (Haudricourt, Dec. 12). As an alternative to Davis, the Brewers have shown interest in signing free agent Michael Young to be their first baseman (Rosenthal, Dec. 18).