Pirates Trade Benji Gonzalez to San Diego Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded infielder Benji Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres organization. Gonzalez had been in the Pirates organization since being taken in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He had not played this season after spending the last three years at Bradenton. He was in Extended Spring Training at the time of the deal.

Gonzalez played Winter Ball in Puerto Rico this off-season, hitting .317 over 20 games. The 24-year-old is a switch-hitter with an excellent glove, can play multiple positions including shortstop and he has good speed. He never hit enough to move past High-A ball though.

The deal is for cash or a player to be named later. Chances are, with Gonzalez not being used by the Pirates and the fact he’s a minor league free agent at the end of the year, we won’t hear about the return.

  • LetsGoMarauders
    May 3, 2014 10:21 pm

    He was on his way to Altoona in 2013 when he did a 180 back to Bradenton. He was the player introduction banquet and was tell us this, last year. He had even tweeted a picture of himself on the plane as he was heading to PA. We’ll miss him but wish him luck. http://LetsGoMarauders.com

  • After a glimmer of offense in winter ball, I was surprised that Benji did not make AA roster. With Ngoepe, Hanson, and Maggi, there isn’t enough playing time for all those guys at short. I was a little surprise with choosing Crumlich over Benji for an active roster spot in the organization.