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Baseball notes: Brewers trade Ramirez to Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez and cash from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday in exchange for minor-league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, helping the Pirates fill the holes on the left side of the infield.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez and cash from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday in exchange for minor-league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, helping the Pirates fill the holes on the left side of the infield.
The Pirates originally signed Ramirez, now 37, in 1994 as an amateur free agent. With the Brewers this year, Ramirez has hit .247 with a .295 on-base percentage, .430 slugging percentage and 11 home runs. He and the Brewers both exercised his
$14 million mutual option for 2015. Earlier this year Ramirez said that this season would be his last.
Ramirez is owed roughly $5.2 million for the rest of the season. According to Fox Sports, the Pirates will cover
$3 million of that.
* The Houston Astros, in a hot race with the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West, acquired left-hander Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics for two minor-league pitchers on Thursday.
The A’s received catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-hander Daniel Mengden.
Houston, which had led the AL West for much of the season, has fallen two games behind the streaking Angels, who had won seven in a row before Thursday’s loss to the Twins.
Kazmir, a 31-year-old Houston native, is 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA in the final season of the two-year, $22 million contract he signed with Oakland last year.
* Commissioner Rob Manfred said there has been progress made on Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy and that they are “very close” to announcing it.
“Our labor relations people have been working with the MLBPA and we think we’ll announce a new policy and it’ll be a real step forward for the game,” the commissioner said at the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Golf and Tennis Classic on Thursday at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. “I think it will be a real improvement in our policy. It is in the final stages.”
Manfred said the new policy will have many layers.

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