Pittsburgh Pirates Trade John Grabow, Tom Gorzelanny To Chicago Cubs

July 31, 2009 by  

With this move the Pirates have officially cleared their trading block.

Thursday saw the departure from Pittsburgh of two left-handed pitchers: Major League reliever John Grabow and AAA starter Tom Gorzelanny.

The Pirates received RHPs Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and infielder Josh Harrison.

Hart will report immediately to the Majors and is expected to take Virgil Vasquez's place in the pitching rotation, though he'll have to wait until the next time through as he pitched on Thursday. Ascaino will report to AAA and Harrision will report to high A.

While the Pirates have other players on the team that teams are attracted to—namely Zach Duke, Paul Maholm and Matt Capps—it's unlikely that they'll be t...

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