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Pirates acquire Mark Mathias from Rangers for PTBNL

The 28-year-old slashed .247/.319/.506 between Milwaukee and Texas last season.

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During their Spring Training game on Wednesday, the Pirates struck a deal with the Texas Rangers, acquiring utility player Mark Mathias for a player to be named later.

Mathias, 28, was designated for assignment on March 3. He started last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and was dealt to Texas along with LHP Antoine Kelly for RHP Matt Bush on August 2.

The change of scenery proved to be beneficial for Mathias as he slashed .277/.365/.554 with the Rangers, compared to his line of .125/.118/.430 with Milwaukee.

Mathias also spent some time in the minors and slashed .322/.422/.518 while collecting 10 doubles, nine home runs and 34 RBI.

While offense is not his strong style, Mathias brings defensive versatility to the Bucs. Last season, he played every position except shortstop and catcher.

Click the video below for Mathias’ highlights from last season.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Max Kranick was moved to the 60-day injured list.