The first post MLB Trade deadline trade has come, after the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired utility player Sean Rodriguez from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for corner infield prospect Connor Joe
The Pirates, 4.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, aren\’t buyers after this move. They are able to acquire a player in Rodriguez, who has played every single position except pitcher or catcher in his career. Also, he\’s signed through 2018, so they have him for next year. They give up a low leveled prospect in Joe. Rodriguez was with the Pirates in 2015 and 2016, and MLB.com\’s Adam Berry said that he was well liked in the clubhouse.
Rodriguez, 32, missed months this year after him and his family were injured in a car accident. But, in his return for the Braves, Rodriguez has struggled, with a .162 batting average, two homers, three RBIs and one steal in 47 Plate Appearances. In his 10 year MLB career for the Braves, Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angeles, Rodriguez has a .233 batting average, 69 homers, 262 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 2482 Plate Appearances.
For the Braves, they trade a player who didn\’t have a spot on their team. They get something for him, which is way, way better than getting nothing for him.
Joe, 24, has a .240 batting average, five homers, 30 RBIs and two stolen bases in 295 Plate Appearances in Low-A and AA this year. In his minor league career, Joe has a .257 batting average, 11 homers, 102 RBIs and four stolen bases in 1094 Plate Appearances.
I think the Pirates win this trade. They get a major leaguer for a minor leaguer, so they obviously win, right?