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.
Rotowire: Dec 2 / 9:02p ET
News: The Pirates declined to tender Sanchez a contract, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.
Impact: Pittsburgh was unable to find a trade taker for Sanchez, and after designating him for assignment Monday, this does not come as a surprise. He should be able to catch on with another team in free agency as a right-handed platoon option at first base, although his fantasy upside will be limited as he hit just seven home runs last season for the third year in a row.
Rotowire: Dec 1 / 8:37a ET
News: Sanchez was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Monday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Sanchez served as a platoon first baseman with Ike Davis for much of last season, but lost his spot on the 40-man after a .229/.293/.385 batting line with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 2014. He could be claimed off waivers or traded to another team, but also could end up in the minors likely with an invite to spring training.