Bucs Deal Hinske To Yankees

Garrett Jones

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired outfielder/catcher Eric Fryer and right-handed pitcher Casey Erickson from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Eric Hinske.

Outfielder Garrett Jones will have his contract selected from Indianapolis and is expected to join the Pirates in Pittsburgh in time for Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

"It was a situation when we recruited Hinske this off season we brought him in as a free agent," Pirates GM Neal Huntington said. "We felt like he had a great fit here and that there was going to be a lot of at bats for him. Some guys have really stepped up and taken a lot of Hinske's at bats. Garrett Jones made a great impression in spring training. When the Yankees expressed interest we felt like it was a great opportunity to get Jones up and get a couple of young players that we had some interest in and send Hinske to a club that he can help win."

Fryer, 23, hit .250 (56-for-224) with 11 doubles, two home runs, 24 RBI and 34 runs scored in 59 games with the Single- A Tampa Yankees this season. He made 55 appearances in left field, five at catcher and one in right field while playing with Tampa. Originally selected by Milwaukee in the 10th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Fryer was acquired by the Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Chase Wright on 2/4/09. He will be assigned to Lynchburg (A).

As a member of the West Virginia Power in 2008, Fryer led the South Atlantic League with a .335 batting average and .407 on-base percentage while ranking third with a .506 slugging percentage. He also tallied 26 doubles, 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 104 games and was named to the league's post-season All-Star team last season.

The 23-year-old Erickson went 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA (44.0ip/11er) in 21 games (three starts) with Single-A Charleston (SC) this season. In his 18 relief appearances, he posted a 1.10 ERA, giving up just four earned runs and striking out 33 batters in 32.2 innings pitched. Erickson will be assigned to West Virginia (A).

Erickson was originally selected by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft and made his pro debut with the GCL Yankees in 2006. He went 6-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 combined games (15 starts) with Charleston and Single-A Staten Island of the New York-Penn League.

Jones, who was a non-roster player with Pittsburgh this spring, batted .307 (85-for-277) with 18 doubles, 12 home runs, 48 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 72 games with Indianapolis this year.

The 28-year-old Jones is currently among the International League leaders in home runs (T4th), RBI (3rd), total bases (T2nd with 139), batting average (9th), doubles (T8th), hits (3rd) and stolen bases (T9th).

Prior to signing with Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent on 12/27/08, Jones spent the previous seven seasons in the Minnesota organization. He made his Major League debut with the Twins in 2007 and made a total of 31 appearances with Minnesota that season.

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