Pirates activate Starling Marte from the concussion DL

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Via Major League Baseball’s official transactions feed on Twitter …

Marte wound up missing a little under two weeks with a concussion. He was 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts on his three-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and owns a weak .255/.328/.385 batting line in 87 games this season at the major league level. The Pirates need him to be much more of a spark down the stretch as they try to stay in contention through Andrew McCutchen’s recent rib injury.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle declined to offer specifics about the Alvarez move on Tuesday afternoon.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.