The Pittsburgh Pirates swung a deal this morning, acquiring infielder Phil Gosselin from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitching prospect Frank Duncan.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, who have had a relatively quiet offseason, announced the acquisition on twitter.

Throughout his career, Phil Gosselin, who made his major league debut in 2013, has appeared in 216 career games for the Atlanta Braves and Diamondbacks. The 28 year old was a fifth round draft pick by the Braves in 2010 and sports a .283 career batting average with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 460 career at-bats.

Gosselin played in a career high 122 games for the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .277 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. Gosselin did have some issues with strikeouts, punching out 46 times and walking on only 15 occasions.

Gosselin may serve as a relatively solid bench option for the Pirates, who lost Sean Rodriguez and Matt Joyce this offseason. Gosselin also has the versatility to play multiple positions on the diamond. Throughout his major league career, Gosselin has made 80 career appearances at second base and 26 at third base. He has also made appearances at first base, shortstop, left field and right field.

The Diamondbacks recently signed infielder Daniel Descalso, which may have sparked this deal.

On their end of the deal, Arizona acquires a 25 year old hurler in Frank Duncan who has put up impressive numbers in the minor leagues.

In 68 career appearances, Duncan has sported a 3.41 ERA along with a 24-21 record. He went 12-8 with a 2.34 ERA in 27 appearances between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis last season.

Duncan was recently the topic of an interview conducted by our very own Jason Rollison. That interview can be found here.

To make room for Gosselin on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Nefi Ogando for assignment.

Jose Negron

Jose Negron is a 22 year old journalist from the North Huntingdon area. A recent graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Jose has written for Rumbunter and Pirates Breakdown for the past year. He is the former Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of Cal U’s campus newspaper, the Cal Times. He also covers high school sports for the Mon Valley Independent and serves as a contributor for Pittsburgh Sporting News, covering the Pirates. During the summer of 2015, he also interned with TribLive Radio, writing for their online blog, helping in the production of various radio shows and even appearing on the air.

  • Piratte fan 4 life

    Sorry folks I don’t get this trade unless the Pirates are dealing from a perceived strength – minor league pitching but why Gosselin??? I don’t understand why not get BETTER UTILITY GUY – watched Gosselin play here in AZ and WAS NOT IMPRESSED !!!!! Neal this move may need very good explanation