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Angels and Pirates “engaged in serious talks” about Jeff Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap

Jul 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT


Pittsburgh’s quest for catching help following injuries to Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit led them contact the Angels about Jeff Mathis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of

Morosi reports that the Pirates and Angels “engaged in serious talks” about Mathis-for-Garrett Jones swap, but “the discussions fell apart after Pirates officials decided they couldn’t part with Jones’ power bat.”

Which is sort of funny, since Jones hit .248 with nine homers in the first half for a .438 slugging percentage that ranks 85th among MLB hitters with at least 200 plate appearances. He’s also 30 years old.

In other words, he seems like a perfectly reasonable return for Mathis, who’s currently hitting .195 and has a lifetime .569 OPS. Morosi, of course, has a slightly different take, writing: “Although they didn’t come to fruition, the talks reflect how seriously each team is pursuing improvements for a primary area of need.”

Yeah, something like that.

  1. SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM


    Slow news day blues…

  2. seanmk - Jul 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    the pirates did not want to trade jones because he is second on the team with 9 home runs, which shows just how strange the pirates record is that their second best home run hitter is garrett jones. mathis would be gotten just for his defense and open up the the angels to hank conger at catcher and platoon jones with trumbo. the pirates would open up a spot in the outfield for presley i guess

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      Mathis would be gotten? *sigh*

  3. clydeserra - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    A bag of balls is a reasonable return for Mathis. He should have no value.

  4. spudchukar - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Is “the discussions fell apart after the Pirate officials realized”, a new euphemism for sobered up?

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