Welcome to Pirates Flashback, a weekly look back at some of the best players of the worst teams in Pirates’ history.
Today’s player is Mike Gonzalez, who pitched for the Pirates from 2003-2006.
BEFORE THE BUCS
Gonzalez was drafted in the 16th round of the 1996 draft by the Pirates. Though he cracked the majors with Pittsburgh, he was briefly traded out of the farm system. On July 22, 2003, he was traded with Scott Sauerbeck to the Red Sox for Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez. Nine days later, fearing the worst for Lyon’s elbow, the Pirates traded the duo back to Boston. They also included pitcher Jeff Suppon for Gonzalez, Freddy Sanchez and cash.