Bucs Trade Jim Negrych

The Pirates have moved Pitt product Jim Negrych to the Florida Marlins, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. Giger has reported during the week that Negrych was "really ticked" when he was sent down to Altoona from Indy last season and that he wanted to be released if he wasn't going to be assigned to Indy this season.

The Pirates have plenty of middle infield-types already possibly ticketed to Indy, including Pedro Ciriaco, Chase d'Arnaud, Jordy Mercer, Brian Friday, Josh Harrison and Cory Wimberly. Although all of these guys won't end up there, they were all above the 26-year old Negrych on the depth chart.

Neal Huntington did Negrych a favor by moving him to an organization that may have use for him at the AAA level. The return, while not yet announced, will undoubtedly be similar to that received for Josh Fields - a bag of balls and some fungos.

The one solid takeaway from all Negrych's comments is Negrych saying Kyle Stark was always very direct and honest with him. That is best thing you can hope to hear from a disgruntled player and a credit to Stark.

UPDATE: According to Jenifer Langosch, the Pirates have received 21-year-old minor league catcher Carlos Paulino in return for Negrych. He played in both Class A levels last year and had an incredibly poor year with the bat. His minor league page is here.

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