Rays trade utilityman Rodriguez to Pirates for cash, player to be named
DEC 1, 3:05p ET | AP
Rotowire: Jan 8 / 6:55a ET
News: Sanchez has signed a deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Impact: Sanchez wasn't tendered a contract from the Pirates back in December, but will look to revitalize his career overseas. The 31-year-old has produced exactly seven home runs in three consecutive seasons, and owns a career slash line of .254/.332/.413. Few players return from overseas to make a major fantasy impact, but his age doesn't quite rule out a Major League comeback down the road.