Former Citadel standout Chris McGuiness was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
McGuiness, who played in 10 MLB games for the Rangers last season, was aquired by the Pirates in exchange for for right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas. The Rangers had designated McGuiness for assisgment to make room for free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
"Chris provides us with another option at first base and allows us to remain patient as we continue to explore the first base market," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said told the Pittsburg Tribune-Review. "We like the offensive production potential as well as his ability to handle himself around the base."
According to the Tribune-Review, the Pirates have been in a search for a left-handed complement to first baseman Gaby Sanchez.
In 10 games with the Rangers last season, McGuiness batted .176 with one RBI. He hit .246 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI in 104 games at Class AAA Round Rock last season.
A native of James Island, McGuiness was picked in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Red Sox, then traded to the Rangers as part of a deal for catcher Jared Saltalamacchia.
McGuiness, 25, spent spring training iin 2013 with the Indians after Cleveland chose him in the Rule 5 draft. But Cleveland returned him to Texas after he failed to make its 40-man roster.
In five years in the minors, McGuiness has batted .257 with 62 home runs and 275 RBI.
Mikolas spent most of 2013 at Triple-A Tucson, going 4-2 with 26 saves and a 3.25 ERA in 54 games. He was designated for assignment by the Padres in November, then traded to Pittsburgh.
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