On August 28, 1996 — The Braves acquire P Denny Neagle, who passes waivers, from the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguers Ron Wright and Corey Pointer, and a player to be named (Jason Schmidt).

Neagle had his first strong season for the Pirates in 1995, going 13-8, 3.43, while leading the league in innings pitched, and making the All-Star team. In 1996, the 27-year-old left-hander went 14-6, 3.05 prior to the trade. Schmidt was a 23-year-old righty, with a 5-6, 6.45 record over two seasons, making 13 starts and nine relief appearances. Wright was a power-hitting 20-year-old, with 68 homers over two seasons in the low minors. Pointer was just 20 years old as well, showing signs of power at the plate, though it came with a low average.

After the deal, Pointer and Wright never played for the Pirates, with Wright suffering multiple major injuries. Schmidt made up for the other two players by winning 44 games for the Pirates, with 34 wins coming during the 1997-99 seasons. After leaving Pittsburgh, Neagle went 81-66, playing until 2003.
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