By Jason Shetler
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Pirates are among five teams pursuing Sean Rodriguez.
The Pirates first obtained Rodriguez in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2015 season. Although he was solid defensively, his offense left a lot to be desired, as he put up just a .642 OPS along with an oWAR of -0.5 in 240 plate appearances.
Last offseason, Rodriguez was brought back by the Pirates on a one-year deal for $2.5 million. From having a poor year offensively in 2015, he was outstanding at the plate this past season, as his 18 home runs, .859 OPS and 126 OPS+ were all career best.
As it stands right now, Adam Frazier would take over the role of super utility for the Pirates. Although Frazier certainly has the offensive capabilities, his defense would be a significant downgrade compared to Rodriguez. There’s not much doubt that Rodriguez will get a multi-year contract in free agency, it’s just a question of how much he’ll receive in terms of dollar amount.