- Traded LHP Javier Lopez to the San Francisco Giants for RHP Joe Martinez and 1B John Bowker.
- Swapped RHP Octavio Dotel for 1B Andrew Lambo and RHP James McDonald of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Acquired C Chris Snyder and SS Pedro Ciriaco from the Arizona Diamondbacks for SS Bobby Crosby, RHP DJ Carrasco and OF Ryan Church.
The Dotel trade appeared like another fleecing, as Huntington turned the closer with a 4.28 ERA into Lambo, who’s currently in triple-A, and McDonald, who finished 2010 with a 3.52 ERA on the Pirates—a drastic improvement over his 8.22 mark on the Dodgers. McDonald started 67 games for Pittsburgh in the next three years before signing with the Chicago Cubs in free agency.
Snyder and Ciriaco weren’t transcendent, but they definitely were an improvement over Crosby, who was -1.2 WAR. Although Snyder struggled to finish 2010, his on-base percentage jumped .100 points in 2011 before injuries ended his season.
- Traded 1B Aaron Baker (single-A) to the Baltimore Orioles for 1B Derrek Lee.
- Purchased OF Ryan Ludwick from the San Diego Padres.
The 35-year-old Lee struggled through the 2011 season with the Orioles, with a .206 bating average and -0.2 wins above replacement—both his lowest numbers since age 23. But in 28 games with the Pirates, Lee batted .337 with seven homeruns. Baker only made it as far as double-A in the O’s organization.
Ludwick found far less success, though, as the San Diego Padres outfielder with a .238 average stayed relatively consistent on the Pirates, batting .232 with the Pirates.
Both deals turned out to be for rental players as Lee retired after the season and Ludwick signed with the rival Cincinnati Reds.