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.