Rays trade utilityman Sean Rodriguez to Pirates

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have traded utilityman Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named and cash.

Rodriguez played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Rays during the past five seasons. He has a .225 career average and appeared in 96 games this year, batting .211 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs.

Tampa Bay designated the 29-year-old for assignment last week, clearing roster room to sign free agent reliever Ernesto Frieri.

Rodriguez would be eligible for salary arbitration if he remains on the roster past Tuesday and has not signed.

Pittsburgh designated first baseman Gaby Sanchez for assignment. Sanchez hit .229 with seven homers and 33 RBIs. Pedro Alvarez is likely to move from third base to first next season.

The Pirates also agreed to minor league contracts with outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, infielder Deibinson Romero and catcher Sebastian Valle, and invited the three to big league spring training.

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