The Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB’s Trade Deadline: A Complete History

By Ryan Simpson

The MLB trade deadline is one of the most exciting days for baseball fans. It could be the day that your team gets the final pieces to make a championship run or trades away the franchise player preparing for a rebuild. For Pirate fans, it is a love-hate relationship with July 31st. The day has seen players traded to Pittsburgh to become fan favorites or players who grew up in Pittsburgh leave for a winning team.

Thanks to and their “Trade History” tool, here is the complete trade history for the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31st:

1973: The Oakland Athletics purchased Vic Davalillo from the Pittsburgh Pirates

1987: The San Francisco Giants traded Mackey Sasser and $50,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Don Robinson.

1993: The Kansas City Royals traded Jon Lieber and Dan Miceli to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Stan Belinda.

1998: The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Kevin Tolar to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a conditional deal.

2001: The Houston Astros traded Tony McKnight to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mike Williams.

          The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Terry Mulholland to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Adrian Burnside (minors) and Mike Fetters.

2002: The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Chad Hermansen to the Chicago Cubs for Darren Lewis.

2003: The Boston Red Sox traded Mike GonzalezFreddy Sanchez and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Brandon LyonAnastacio Martinez and Jeff Suppan.

2005: The Chicago Cubs traded Jody Gerut and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Matt Lawton.

2006: The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Sean Casey to the Detroit Tigers for Brian Rogers.

          The New York Mets traded Xavier Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez.

          The New York Yankees traded Shawn Chacon to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Craig Wilson.

          The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Kip Wells to the Texas Rangers for Jesse Chavez.

2007: The San Francisco Giants traded Matt Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later and Rajai Davis. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Steve MacFarland (minors) (August 27, 2007) to the San Francisco Giants to complete the trade.

2008: As part of a 3-team trade: The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Boston Red Sox sent Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Boston Red Sox sent Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Jason Bay to the Boston Red Sox.

2010: The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Javier Lopez to the San Francisco Giants for John Bowker and Joe Martinez.

          The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Octavio Dotel and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Andrew Lambo and James McDonald.

         The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Pedro CiriacoChris Snyder and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for D.J. CarrascoRyan Church and Bobby Crosby.

2011: The Pittsburgh Pirates purchased Ryan Ludwick from the San Diego Padres.

2012: The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Gorkys Hernandez to the Miami Marlins for Kyle Kaminska (minors) and Gaby Sanchez.

          The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Casey McGehee to the New York Yankees for Chad Qualls.

2013: The Seattle Mariners traded Robert Andino to the Pittsburgh Pirates for player to be named.

2015: The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Mike Morse and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jose Tabata.

         The Seattle Mariners traded J.A. Happ to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Adrian Sampson.

2017: The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Tony Watson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Oneil Cruz (minors) and Angel German (minors).

         The Philadelphia Phillies traded Joaquin Benoit to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Seth McGarry (minors).

2018: The Tampa Bay Rays traded Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later, Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Shane Baz (minors) (August 14, 2018) to the Tampa Bay Rays to complete the trade.

          The Texas Rangers traded Keone Kela to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later and Taylor Hearn. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Sherten Apostel (minors) (August 17, 2018) to the Texas Rangers to complete the trade.

2019: The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Corey Dickerson to the Philadelphia Phillies for international bonus slot money and player to be named.


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