St. Francis product Jim Negrych won't be able to have another great homecoming this summer at Coca-Cola Field while playing for Indianapolis. Negrych has been traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Florida Marlins for catcher Carlos Paulino.
The move is not that much of a surprise. On Monday, Negrych told the Altoona Mirror he would not accept another assignment back to Double-A by the Pirates and expected to be in Triple-A. He hit .295 for Indy last year -- including seven hits and a game-winning home run during a series in Buffalo -- but was sent back to Altoona in August and helped that team win the Eastern League title.
The Marlins will have to decide on Negrych's spot but it's likely they're interested in him for Triple-A and that would be New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League.