The Pirates have agreed to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal to re-sign free-agent utility man Sean Rodriguez, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune. The deal also includes incentives.
Rodriguez, 30, drew interest from multiple teams this winter, with the Tigers being involved as of Monday. He was likely attractive to clubs due to his positional versatility, as he appeared at six different positions for the Pirates last season. Rodriguez is currently slated to see significant time at first base for the Bucs, who non-tendered Pedro Alvarez and currently only have Mike Morse and Jake Goebbert as options at the position.
In 139 games in his first season as a Pirate, Rodriguez hit .246/.281/.362 while four home runs and 17 RBI after being acquired from the Rays last offseason. He is a lifetime .228/.295/.371 hitter in eight major-league seasons with the Angels (2008-09), Rays (2010-14) and Pirates (2015).
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