On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Keith Law of ESPN reported on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired pitcher Jeanmar Gomez of the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielder Quincy Latimore. The Indians had designated Gomez for assignment last week.
Gomez had a mediocre season for Cleveland in 2012 posting a 5-8 record paired with a 5.96 ERA. He got off to a rough start at the beginning of the year and was sent to Triple-A Columbus to work on various issues. He was recalled just before September where he continued to struggle. Gomez owns a career 5.18 ERA in 206 2/3 innings spread across 38 starts and four relief appearances in his career.
Latimore spent his 2012 season at Double-A Altoona where he batted .252 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs in 126 games. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft and has worked his way through the Pirates farm system over the last four years.
Latimore should help to shore up the outfield for either the Double-A Akron Aeros or the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2013.
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