SAN FRANCISCO “This is a sad day for me,” Jack Wilson said a few minutes ago, as he packed his gear and got ready to leave the Pirates’ clubhouse for the final time.
Wilson and right-hander Ian Snell today were traded to the Seattle Mariners for first baseman/catcher Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno, and right-handers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock.
Cedeno will join the Pirates on Friday and get the bulk of the playing time the rest of the season at short, according to manager John Russell. Clement will go to Triple-A Indianapolis, but almost certainly will be called up before the end of this season. Pribanic and Lorin will report to Class A West Virginia. Adcock was assigned to Class A Lynchburg.
More moves may come before the 4 p.m. Friday non-waiver trading deadline.
“We don’t know when it’s going to finally be over, when we actually have the guys in here who are going to turn it around,” pitcher Paul Maholm said. “Hopefully, it’s soon. Until we start winning, this is going to continue to happen.”
• Wilson said he “definitely would consider” signing with the Pirates if he becomes a free agent this winter.
• Catcher Ryan Doumit declined to comment on the trade. “I’ve got nothing to say,” Doumit said, without even looking up at reporters at his locker. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez, Wilson’s best friend since high school, was too emotional to be interviewed.
• Lineups for this afternoon’s game:
PIRATES 1.Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Andy LaRoche 3b, 3. Delwyn Young 2b, 4. Garrett Jones lf, 5. Steve Pearce 1b, 6. Brandon Moss rf, 7. Ramon Vazquez ss, 8. Jason Jaramillo c, 9. Zach Duke (9-9, 3.42) lhp
GIANTS 1. Andres Torres cf, 2. Randy Winn rf, 3. Pablo Sandoval 3b, 4. Bengie Molina c, 5. Ryan Garko 1b, 6. Edgar Renteria ss, 7. Eugenio Velez lf, 8. Juan Uribe 2b, 9. Matt Cain (12-2, 2.27) rhp
Audio: July 29 – Wilson
Shortstop dealt to Seattle
Audio: July 29 – Sanchez
Departure of Wilson
Audio: July 29 – Capps
Losing a teammate
Audio: July 29 – Maholm
Starter talks Wilson