Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has been known to swoop in at the last minute and make deals right as the 4pm deadline expires.

He did that once again on Monday by acquiring Joaquin Benoit from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The deal officially goes down like this.

The Bucs get Benoit and cash considerations from the Phillies for right-handed relief prospect Seth McGarry.

The 40-year old Benoit has a 4.07 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 1.07 HR/9, and 31.5% groundball rate in 42 innings this season.

The move for Benoit is puzzling to say the least, especially since Huntington made it known his desire for relievers with controllable years.

Benoit, who is now on his eighth MLB team, will replace Tony Watson on the 25-man roster as the Pirates sent Watson to the Dodgers right before the deadline expired.

The 23-year old McGarry was drafted by the Pirates in the eighth round of the 2015 draft out of Florida Atlantic University.

He has performed well with a 1.34 ERA, 8.5 K/9, and 3.1 BB/9 in 40.1 innings in High-A.

Matt Shetler

Matt is a life long Pirates fan with both a newspaper and radio background. Before coming to Pirates Breakdown he was most recently the co-owner and lead columnist for Pittsburgh Sporting News. He has been a credentialed writer for all four major sports and also has written for plenty of other sports and fantasy sports websites.
  • redrage97

    I really don’t get this. really depends on the amount of the cash considerations. nearly all the remaining salary.. okay maybe?

    McGarry is probably a few years out if he progresses enough to be an MLB arm.. trading him for a nearly free veteran arm to fill Watson’s spot seems to make sense.

    does solve the problem of too many lefties finally lol.