By Jason Shetler
According to Brian Peloza of Pirates Prospects, Jason Rogers is in negotiations with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League.
Prior to last season, the Pirates acquired Rogers from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and pitcher Trey Supak. Rogers had brief playing time with the Pirates in 2016, posting just a .303 on base percentage in 33 plate appearances.
During Spring Training, Rogers wasn’t really in competition for a bench spot with the Pirates, which was certainly odd. In 68 games this season for AAA Indianapolis, he is hitting .278, along with a .773 OPS, while splitting his time between first base and DH. The trade has not looked good, especially now with Keon Broxton playing a vital role in the Brewers lineup.