"We were looking to add to our offense, and at the Trade Deadline were disappointed that we weren't able to," said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. "Byrd helps our offense right now. And it was important to have three catchers we feel very good about."
Since breaking into the big leagues with Philadelphia in 2002, Byrd has hit .279 (1188-for-4260) with 243 doubles, 32 triples, 103 home runs and 516 RBI in 1220 games with Philadelphia (2002-05), Washington (2005-06), Texas (2007-09), the Chicago Cubs (2010-12), Boston (2012) and the New York Mets (2013).
Buck was hitting .215 (79-for-368) with 11 doubles, 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 101 games at the time of the trade. He enters today ranked third among all National League catchers in RBI (59) and fourth in home runs (15). Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Buck's 63 home runs as a catcher rank third in the Majors.
The 33-year-old Buck has a career average of .233 (816-for-3499) with 170 doubles, nine triples, 133 home runs and 483 RBI in 1049 games in the big leagues with Kansas City (2004-09), Toronto (2010), Miami (2011-12) and the New York Mets (2013).
"It was nice [being able to answer two question marks with one move]. I guess you could say we were opportunistic. We gave up some good pieces, but felt we were at the right point in time to push the organization forward," Huntington said.
To make room for Byrd and Buck on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated Russ Canzler for assignment. In addition, Kyle McPherson (right elbow surgery) has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and placed on Pittsburgh's 60-day disabled list.