Pirates Make Chang Trade Official; Designate Cole Tucker
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the trade for infielder Yu Chang official.
In response to a rash of injuries to their infield, the Pirates acquired Chang from the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for cash considerations. In order to add Chang to their 40-man roster, the Pirates designated Cole Tucker for assignment, which could mean the end of his career with the Pirates.
The 26-year-old Chang was recently designated for assignment by the Guardians. With his versatility of being able to play all four-infield position, Chang will provide Derek Shelton with options, especially at first base.
In 89 games last season with Cleveland, Chang hit .228 (54-237) with 14 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs and 39 RBI. Following July 1, Chang was particularly effective as he hit .280 with 8 doubles, 3 triples, 7 homeruns, 25 RBI and a .867 OPS, which was second on the team, only behind Jose Ramirez (.902).
Tucker was the Pirates 1st round pick in the 2014 MLB draft but struggled with the bat in every opportunity he had in the majors. In 154 career games and 436 at-bats, Tucker hit .211 with 18 doubles, 6 triples and 5 home runs with a .259 OBP and a .573 OPS. In those 436-at bats, Tucker struck out 129 times.
To make room for Chang on the active roster, the Pirates will need to make a corresponding move.