Dean Anna Sees Opportunity with Pirates
JULY 8, 2014, PITTSBURGH, PA - After making a splash in his major league debut with the New York Yankees, Dean Anna is trading in his pinstripes for the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The trade was made official on Saturday, July 5, after Anna was waived for assignment by the Yankees. The utility-player was quickly picked up by the Pirates, and is officially part of their 40-man roster.
Although he will start in their Triple-A affiliate team, the Indianapolis Indians, Anna is determined to make an impression with the Pirates organization.
'It was great breaking in with the Yankees,' said Anna via Twitter. 'Now I get to try it with the Pirates.'
After spending five years with the San Diego Padres organization, Mokena, Ill.-native Anna was picked up by the Yankees in January of 2014. Anna was part of the team's opening day roster, and quickly shot to stardom after a series of newsworthy plays, including a solo homerun against the Red Sox's Clay Buchholz, a spot in the shortstop rotation with Derek Jeter, and finding himself the subject of the league's first instant replay controversy in a game against the Red Sox, ultimately being found 'safe.'
Anna is eager to finish up the 2014 season on a high note with the Pirates; his multi-faceted talents at second base, third base, shortstop, and even pitcher have led him to be called 'the most underrated player in professional baseball.'
Even more enticing about this trade is that it puts Anna closer to his Midwestern roots, and gives him more opportunities to play against his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs.
Anna kicked off his career with the Indians on Monday, July 7. The Pirates have the option to call him up to their 25-man MLB roster at any point.
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