Pirates trade for Matt Herges

Dec. 20, 2002 at 5:52 PM
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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates Friday acquired righthanded reliever Matt Herges from the Montreal Expos for a pair of minor league pitchers.

Herges, 32, went 2-5 with six saves and 4.04 ERA in 62 appearances out of the bullpen for the Expos last season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in spring training.

Originally signed by Los Angeles in 1992, Herges made his major league debut for the Dodgers seven years later. His best season came in 2000, when we went 11-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 59 games for Los Angeles.

The Expos acquired pitchers Chris Young and Jon Searles.

Young, who is 6-10, spent the 2002 season at Class A Hickory of the South Atlantic League, posting an 11-9 record with a 3.11 ERA in 26 starts for the Crawdads. The 23-year-old was Pittsburgh's third round pick in the 2000 draft.

Searles, who will turn 22 next month, also spent last season with Hickory and went 2-3 with a 5.81 ERA and one save in 31 appearances, four starts. He was Pittsburgh's eighth round selection in the 1999 draft.

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