Pirates acquire Yates from Atlanta, buy out Kim

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates this morning acquired reliever Tyler Yates from the Atlanta Braves for pitching prospect Todd Redmond, bought out the contract of reliever Byung-Hyun Kim and made several other moves.

Among them:

• Released reliever Jaret Wright and allowed him to declare free agency, a surprise considering management had asked -- and received -- permission to get two extra days to look at him.

• Formally added utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz to the 40-man roster by purchasing his contract from Class AAA Indianapolis.

• Designated for assignment infielder Josh Wilson and reassigned infielder Jorge Velandia to minor-league camp, all but assuring that Freddy Sanchez will be with the team on opening day.

• Unconditionally released injured reliever Juan Perez, who might need major elbow surgery.

Yates made a career-high 75 appearances with the Braves in 2007, went 2-3 with two saves and a 5.18 ERA, most of that gaudy ERA due to a poor second half. Right-handed batters hit .213 against him.

General manager Neal Huntington said he will be part of the Pirates' bullpen, possibly at the back end.

"We like what he brings, even though he tailed off at the end of last season," he said. "Atlanta had a lot of pitching, Yates was out of options, and we benefited from that."

Redmond, 22, was one of the Pirates' few pitching prospects. He was 8-13 with a 4.39 ERA with Class A Lynchburg and Class AA Altoona. He would have opened this season with Altoona.

The Pirates paid $300,000 to buy out Kim, who would have had his one-year, $850,000 contract guaranteed if he was not unconditionally released by 2 p.m. today.

"Obviously, it's a financial hit," Huntington said. "We felt like we brought him in to try to make our club, and he didn't. We want to take the best 12 pitchers north."

Removing Kim and Wright leaves six relievers - Franquelis Osoria, Sean Burnett, Phil Dumatrait, Evan Meek, Masumi Kuwata and Hector Carrasco -- for three openings. Huntington said he plans to make final decisions in that regard in the next two days.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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