The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the acquisition of infielder Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. To make room for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster, first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been designated for assignment.
Rodriguez, 29, appeared in 96 games with Rays last season, hitting .211 (50-for-237) with 13 doubles, three triples, a career-high 12 home runs and 41 RBI. The utility fielder saw action at second base (23 games), first base (18 games), left field (17 games), third base (nine games), right field (two games) and shortstop (one game).
Originally a third-round selection (90th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2003 MLB Draft, Rodriguez was ranked by Baseball America among the organization’s Top 25 prospects in each of his first five professional seasons, and received additional praise as a league top prospect in the Arizona (No. 18), Pioneer (No. 3), California (No. 12), Texas (No. 15) and Pacific Coast Leagues (No. 11). He was also voted as the Pioneer League’s Most Valuable Player in 2004 after ranking second in the circuit in runs scored (64), fifth in slugging (.569) and RBI (55) and 10th in average (.338), and later earned both Mid and Postseason All-Star selections with Hi-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2006 and Double-A Arkansas in 2007.
Rodriguez was acquired from the Angels by Tampa Bay on Sept. 1, 2009 to complete the package deal for Scott Kazmir. He owns a career average of .225 (370-for-1641) with 84 doubles, 11 triples, 45 homers and 186 RBI in 624 career Major League games, and .282 (776-for-2754) with 164 doubles, 30 triples, 128 homers and 455 RBI in 746 Minor League contests.
Rodriguez last appeared in the minors in 2012 with the Durham Bulls.