By Jason Shetler
According to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, the Pirates are bringing back Sean Rodriguez. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that it’s a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with incentives.
The Pirates acquired Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays last offseason in exchange for minor league pitcher Buddy Borden. The 30-year-old Rodriguez struggled badly at the plate in 2015, as he posted a .281 on base percentage along with an OPS+ of 76. Rodriguez however displayed very good defense at different positions, most notably at first base where he replaced Pedro Alvarez for defense late in games. Even with the mediocre offensive numbers, the $2.5 million is a good deal based purely on his defensive value.