CHICAGO -- Gaby Sanchez, a young right-handed hitter with a recent history for powerful run production, was acquired Tuesday from Miami by the Pirates. Triple-A outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and the Bucs' sandwich pick between the first two rounds of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft went to the Marlins in a deal in which the Pirates also landed Kyle Kaminska, a 23-year-old right-handed reliever. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle has been seeking veterans for his bench, and Sanchez fills that bill. Sanchez was batting .202 in 55 games with Miami during a disappointing 2012 season, but has a productive past. The 28-year-old combined for 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2010-11.
Sanchez provides the right-handed bat off the bench that has been missing. Hernandez leaves with a reputation as the top defensive outfielder in the Pirates' organization. But Starling Marte's recent promotion and Monday's trade with Toronto for Travis Snider left no playing room for Hernandez in Pittsburgh.
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