The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a new deal with utilityman Sean Rodriguez, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel. Rodriguez’s one-year contract is reportedly worth $2.5 million with $500,000 in incentives, pending a team physical.
The 30-year-old Rodriguez, a career .228 hitter, has spent time at every position besides pitcher and catcher in his eight-year MLB career. In 2015, he hit .246 with four homers and 17 RBIs in his first season for the Pirates after being acquired in an off-season trade, making starts at first base, second base, shortstop, third base, leftfield and rightfield. Along with the Pirates, Rodriguez has also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays during his MLB tenure.
Rodriguez garnered some off-the-field notoriety in last year’s National League wild-card game for punching a dugout water cooler in frustration following a benches-clearing incident in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Chicago Cubs.
- Jeremy Woo