Pirates and Padres make three-player deal

Pittsburgh, PA ( - The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Jaff Decker and right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league outfielder Alex Dickerson.

Decker hit .286 with 23 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 105 games with Triple-A Tucson in 2013. He also went 4-for-26 with a homer and two RBI in 13 games with the Padres, making his MLB debut against the Dodgers on June 20.

In his six minor league seasons, the left-handed hitting Decker has hit .268 with 106 doubles, 13 triples, 71 home runs and 304 RBI in 529 games.

Mikolas posted a 4-2 record, 26 saves and a 3.25 ERA in 54 relief appearances with Tucson in 2013. The 25-year-old also pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings while making two appearances with the Padres.

Mikolas made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2012 and went 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 25 big league games that season.

Dickerson was named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year in 2013 after hitting .288 with 17 home runs and 68 RBI in 126 games with Altoona.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Decker and Mikolas, the Pirates designated outfielder/first baseman Garrett Jones and right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson for assignment.