The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Minor League infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder David Freese on Friday. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
"We made the difficult decision to trade David to give him an opportunity to pursue a World Series championship this season. We truly appreciate all that David has contributed to the Pirates these three seasons and wish him well," said Huntington. "This move will free up valuable playing time for some of our younger players, while clearing some salary. We are also pleased to add a player with interesting power, athleticism and defensive versatility to our system in Valdez."
The 20-year-old Valdez hit .230 (47-for-204) with 11 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 27 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 60 games this season with the Dominican Summer League Dodgers.