Rangers acquire RHP Mikolas from Pirates for 1B

The Rangers have acquired right-hander Miles Mikolas from

Pittsburgh in exchange for first baseman Chris McGuiness.

The deal Monday came three days after Texas designated McGuiness

for assignment to clear room on its roster after free-agent

outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a $130 million, seven-year


Mikolas spent most of 2013 at Triple-A Tucson, going 4-2 with 26

saves and a 3.25 ERA in 54 games. He was designated for assignment

by the Padres in November, then traded to Pittsburgh.

McGuiness hit .176 with one RBI in 10 games for Texas last

season. He hit .246 with 11 home runs, and 63 RBI in 104 games at

Triple-A Round Rock.

To make room on their 40-man roster for Mikolas, the Rangers

designated outfielder Rafael Ortega for assignment.