Pirates grab Guerrier

By John Manuel
March 27, 2002

The Chicago White Sox traded righthander Matt Guerrier, their No. 4 prospect, to the Pirates on Wednesday for lefthander Damaso Marte and second baseman Edwin Yan. It's the second deal between the two clubs since the end of last season, as the White Sox acquired Todd Ritchie from the Pirates (with catcher Lee Evans) at the Winter Meetings for righthanders Josh Fogg, Sean Lowe and Kip Wells.

Guerrier, a 10th-round pick in 1999 out of Kent State, was one of the biggest surprises of the 2001 minor league season. He led the minors with 18 wins last season, his first as a starter, and is 26-8, 2.80 overall in 267 career minor league innings.

Guerrier, 23, has good stuff–his curveball, slider and changeup are considered plus pitches–and better command, but his 88-89 mph fastball that kept Guerrier behind such White Sox prospects as Jon Rauch and Corwin Malone.

Marte is the only player in the trade with big league experience, having appeared in 28 games between the Mariners and Pirates. He went 0-1, 4.71 in 36 innings (with 39 strikeouts) for the Pirates last year and will serve as a lefthanded middle reliever for Chicago.

Yan ranked as the Pirates' No. 26 prospect after hitting .283-2-24 with 56 stolen bases in his first full pro season. The Dominican native is listed as being 20 years old.