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Pirates acquire Sean Rodriguez from Braves

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The Pirates acquired utility infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez from the Braves for minor league first baseman Connor Joe, the Braves announced Saturday. Fellow utility player Jace Peterson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to cover Rodriguez’s spot on Atlanta’s roster.

Rodriguez, 32, has had a rough go of it this season. He sustained a torn rotator cuff and labrum damage in a car crash during the offseason, and only made 15 appearances for the Braves after returning from a lengthy stint on the disabled list. While he isn’t the player he was during his peak 2016 performance, he’ll try to rebound from a sub-Mendoza Line average in Pittsburgh, where he slashed a cumulative .260/.321/.447 with 22 home runs and a .768 OPS in 2015-2016.

Joe, 24, split the bulk of his starts between first base and right field for Low-A West Virginia and Double-A Altoona in 2017. He maintained a respectable, if underwhelming .240/.337/.378 batting line in 295  combined PA for the two clubs and should give the Braves some extra minor league depth while he works his way up to a big league role.

Rays trade Corey Dickerson to the Pirates

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Hey guys, guess what: another Rays post. This one is news, though:

The Pirates just announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.

Dickerson, as we’ve mentioned 10,000 times in the past few days, was DFA’d by the Rays for . . . reasons. The outfielder/DH hit .282/.325/.490 with a career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA last year, making the All-Star game. Which is really bad, according to some people who I still don’t totally understand, but what do I know? He’ll slide into an outfield situation in Pittsburgh that currently features Adam Frazier at the top of the depth chart in left.

Hudson is entering the second year of a two-year, $11 million deal, which likely explains why cash is coming back to Tampa Bay in the trade. In 2017 the lefty specialist posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 games, striking out 66 batters and walking 33 in 61.2 innings.

Gray was a 13th rounder in last year’s draft out of Rice. He’s a middle infielder who will turn 22 next month. Last year he played 53 games in the New York-Penn league.