The Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, on a day in which they made a trade involving Major League prospects with the San Diego Padres, designated first baseman/right fielder Garrett Jones and pitcher Kyle McPherson for assignment.
Jones, 32, would have been eligible for arbitration. In 2013, he hit just .233 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI’s. McPherson was a regular contributor to the pitching staff of the “AAA” Indianapolis Indians, but played just briefly with the Pirates.
Monday’s trade sent the Eastern League’s Rookie-of-the-Year, 23 year-old outfielder Alex Dickerson, to the Padres organization for outfielder Jaff Decker and right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas, who were both added to the Pirates’ 40-man roster.
Dickerson, 23, who was a third-round draft pick for Pittsburgh in 2011, hit .288 for the Altoona Curve this year, slamming 17 homers and driving home 68 runs in 126 games.
Decker, also 23, hit .286 with 10 homers, 23 doubles and 40 RBI’s in 105 games with “AAA” Tucson, and went 4-for-26 (.154) with a homer and two RBI’s in 13 games with the Padres. The 25 year-old Mikolas was 4-2 with 26 saves and a 3.25 ERA for Tucson, and made two scoreless relief appearances for San Diego.