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Pirates land McGuiness in trade with Texas

Pirates land McGuiness in trade with Texas

Pirates land McGuiness in trade with Texas

The Pirates acquired first baseman Chris McGuiness from Texas in exchange for right-hander Miles Mikolas in a Monday deal involving two players recently designated for assignment.

The Rangers had designated McGuiness on Friday, to make room on their 40-man roster for Shin-Soo Choo. Mikolas had been designated on Dec. 20 by the San Diego Padres, who on Dec. 25 packaged him with outfielder Jaff Decker in a swap with Pittsburgh for first baseman Alex Dickerson.

Mikolas, who ranked third in the Pacific Coast League with 26 saves for Tucson last season, was added to Texas' 40-man roster and will compete with Joakim Soria and Neftali Feliz for the closer's job left vacant with free agent Joe Nathan's departure to Detroit. To open a spot on the roster, the Rangers designated outfielder Rafael Ortega for assignment.

The Bucs thus landed a left-handed-hitting first baseman from Texas -- only, not the one many may have anticipated, Mitch Moreland. McGuiness, 25, is coming off his first Triple-A season, with Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League.

Although he hit only .246 for Round Rock, McGuiness' plate discipline led to an on-base percentage of .369 and an OPS of .792. He also made his Major League debut last season, appearing in 10 mid-June games with the Rangers.

McGuiness was originally selected by Boston in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft before being acquired by the Rangers on July 31, 2010. He was then selected by Cleveland in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 6, 2012, before being returned to the Rangers' organization on March 27.

Mikolas had brief stints with the Padres in both 2012 and '13, working a total of 34 innings, yielding 13 earned runs.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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