Bucs dealing Church, Crosby, Carrasco; Diaz, Clement called up

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

UPDATE: 1:14 PM: Deal is official. Chris Snyder and Pedro Ciriaco to Pirates for D.J. Carrasco, Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby. Pirates also getting $3 million in cash to compensate for Snyder’s salary.

Pirates also officially announced recalls of Argenis Diaz, Jeff Clement and Daniel McCutchen. All three, as well as Snyder, will be in St. Louis for Saturday’s game. Ciriaco assigned to Triple-A.

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UPDATE: 10:52 AM: The Pirates will also be getting a Minor League player in addition to Snyder. No name yet.

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UPDATE: 10:39 AM: One source confirmed a report that the D-backs will be getting Ryan Church and Bobby Crosby in exchange for Snyder. Also, source says reliever D.J. Carrasco will be going to Arizona, too.

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UPDATE: 10:32 AM: Garrett Jones is not involved in any deal, a source confirmed. Also, hearing that the two roster moves are related to the Snyder deal.

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The Pirates apparently have something else cooking as today’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline approaches. According to a source, infielder Argenis Diaz and first baseman Jeff Clement have been summoned from Triple-A Indianapolis, so obviously there are two position player spots about to open.

No word yet on who might be on the move, though you have to wonder if the Pirates have considered trading Garrett Jones with his value high. Again, that’s pure speculation on my part. Clement’s only position is first base, while Diaz can play the middle infield.

Keep in mind, too, that this could have to do with the Chris Snyder deal with Arizona. That is expected to be finalized later today. To this point, it’s not known who the Pirates have offered in return and it’s possible that the Pirates have called up Diaz and Clement to compensate for what they’re giving up.

The Pirates weren’t necessarily expected to be dealing position players, so the news that there look to be two on the way out comes as a bit of a surprise.

More details as they come…

Clement has hit .305 with 15 doubles, eight homers and 33 RBis in 40 games with Triple-A Indianapolis. He was sent down in June after an unsuccessful stint as the Pirates’ everyday first baseman.

Diaz, known much more for his glove than his offensive ability, is hitting .248 with 22 RBIs in 80 games with Indianapolis. He was with the Pirates briefly once earlier this season.

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