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Brewers trade 3B McGehee to Pirates for RHP Veras

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MILWAUKEE — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired third baseman Casey McGeheefrom the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for reliever Jose Veras.

The move came hours after the Brewers agreed to terms with free-agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez on Monday.

McGehee had a strong rookie season in 2009 and a big year in 2010 but then slumped at the plate in 2011 and lost his starting job to Jerry Hairston Jr. late in the season. McGehee batted .223 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs for the NL Central champions, a year after hitting .285 with 23 home runs and 104 RBIs.

Veras was 2-4 with a 3.80 ERA and one save in a career-high 79 appearances last season for Pittsburgh.

Both players are eligible for arbitration.