By Jason Shetler
The Pirates are bringing back Sean Rodriguez, acquiring him from the Atlanta Braves, this according to Mark Bowman, Braves beat writer for MLB.com. Tommy Stokke of Fan Rag Sports is reporting that Connor Joe is headed to the Braves in the deal.
Rodriguez was first acquired by the Pirates from the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2015 season. After some major struggles at the plate in 2015, he put up outstanding numbers for the Bucs last season, as his 18 homers and .859 OPS were each career best. The Pirates were looking to re-sign him this past offseason, but he chose to sign with the Braves on a two-year deal instead. Back in January, Rodriguez, his wife and two children were involved in a horrific car accident. It was unclear whether he would play at all this year, but amazingly, he made his season debut with the Braves on July 17th. The Pirates will have Rodriguez under team control next season for $5.75 million.
Joe was drafted by the Pirates as a competitive balance pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Despite being a catcher at the University of San Diego, he never played the position in the Pirates system, instead, playing first base, third base and right field. Joe has a .718 OPS in 282 plate appearances for the Altoona Curve this season.