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A Pirates-Twins trade happened today

Nov 19, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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Nothing particularly grand. And half of it was just one guy going back to the team he was with back in September anyway.

The trade: the Twins acquired lefty Kris Johnson from the Pirates in exchange for righty Duke Welker. Welker was with the Pirates before and went to Minnesota in the Justin Morneau deal. Now he’s back with the team who drafted him. Johnson is 29 and just got his first cup of coffee this past season, but he posted a 2.39 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 94/43 K/BB ratio across in 135.2 innings at Triple-A. Of course it was his fifth go-around in Triple-A, so don’t get terribly excited.

Anyway: a minor trade of (mostly) minor league arms isn’t huge, but it’s better than nothing nine days before Thanksgiving, when the hot stove is usually at its coldest.

  1. Joe - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Kris Johnson was long referred to as “Not Joba” by some Red Sox fans, because the Sox picked him one spot before the Yankees took Chamberlain.

    Then Joba stalled and nobody worries about it any more.

  2. allday420ap - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM


  3. ironcity6pak - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Why don’t they work out a contract with justin morneau and Byrd, those guys would be a good fit in Pitt

    • gdobs227 - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Put down the Iron City, you’re drunk.

    • mvshark - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Philly thought they signed Paul Byrd out of retirement…oooopps

  4. steelers88 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    The Pirates don’t want Morneau back and there is a lot better options in the free agent market as for Byrd the Phillies signed him to a 2 year $16 million dollar contract.

  5. moogro - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Twins will call him an ace, Minnesotans won’t blink.

  6. tklind - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    While I see other teams signing free agent pitchers, who are REAL starters(and spending the money to get them) I see that our biggest trade is a minor league deal. Get ready for another 90+ lose season! This organization is so cheap it fields a triple A team while charging the fans major league prices. It’s all about cutting payroll and not spending on the best or even second best free agents.

  7. steelers88 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Do you even follow baseball? This is what most small market teams do. It’s still early in the offseason. The Pirates will be fine. LF Marte, CF McCutchen RF Polanco(at some point this year). 3B Alvarez, SS Mercer, 2B Walker 1B N/A. The only thing the Pirates need is a 1B man and maybe a SP.

    • Bryz - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      It’s ironic that he rants about the Twins and yet it’s interpreted as a rant about the Pirates.

  8. steelers88 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    That “AAA” team made the Playoffs last year. They also spent money last offseason and went out and got Catcher Russell Martin and SP Francisco Liriano. They also traded for Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau. So yeah the Pirates never spend money, man I hate these bandwagon fans.

    • gdobs227 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      I know that’s the kind of crap you’re used to hearing from Pirates fans, but I think he was talking about the Twins there.

  9. steelers88 - Nov 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    As long as his a Twins fan I’m fine with it but that shouldn’t be coming from a Pirates fan. They just made the Playoffs. Even as a Twins fan he should know that small markets need to build through within. The Twins are on the right track you just need to have patience.

    • kenbuddha - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      No offense to Pirates fans out there (most outsiders are rooting for the Pirates coming back to relevancy), but it tells you the level that the Twins have fallen to in that we now get Pirates fans giving us pep talks about being patient.

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