The Tampa Bay Rays have traded their long time utility fielder Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates, per team announcement. They will receive a player to be named later, and reportedly cash considerations.
It's not as much in return as you might have liked to see, but the Rays did well to get an agreement in place ahead of their non-tender deadline on Tuesday. If Rodriguez had been retained, he was expected to make approximately $2M in salary.
The departure of Rodriguez from the organization is not something I've looked forward to. He's been able to flash leather at every position on the field through his Rays career, often with highlight reel results.
Rodriguez expressed dismay when he learned the Rays removed his roster slot for the recently signed Ernesto Frieri, as recorded by Marc Topkin:
"I thought with the Rays I was wanted and going to stay for a while. It's just the nature of the business, I guess."
An extension to carry Sean-Rod on the roster would have been interesting, but the presence of Nick Franklin and Logan Forsythe made the expiring rookie contract of Rodriguez expendable. Now he is yet another long time Rays presence to be shown the door since GM Matt Silverman took control of the franchise.
Since his acquisition for the 2010 season, Rodriguez averaged 370 plate appearances for the club, totaling 5.8 fWAR in his career -- including two or more wins in 2010 and 2011.
Sean Rodriguez carries the notoriety of being the first Rays player to have been stung by a Rays fish while on the team.