The Philadelphia Phillies sent outfielder-first baseman Carmelo Martinez to Pittsburgh on Thursday for two minor league outfielders who had been mistakenly placed on irrevocable waivers by the Pirates.
The Phillies get Wes Chamberlain, 23, who was batting .250 at triple-A Buffalo, and Julio Peguero, 21, who was hitting .282 for double-A Harrisburg.
Larry Doughty, the Pirates’ general manager, said he was forced to place the two minor league players on waivers when he juggled his 40-man roster, but he thought he was placing them on procedural waivers that could be revoked if they were claimed.
“It was a mistake. I misinterpreted the rules,” he said. “We had to trade them or lose them, because we were going to lose them anyway. The waiver claims forced me to do something a little bigger than I planned to do, but I like the deal.”
The Phillies claimed the minor leaguers, triggering the deal, and also will get a player to be named.