For some families, holiday traditions include food, games, or old stand by stories. But for the Braves, it's about player maneuvers.
Atlanta added Sean Rodriguez on a two-year deal, a move first reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thanksgiving afternoon and made official on Nov. 30. This comes after the 2014 Christmas Eve leak -- at a Honey Baked Ham, no less -- that the team was bringing in catcher A.J. Pierzynski, or last New Year's Eve when the Braves announced it had inked pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
Sources: #Braves in agreement with free-agent infielder Sean Rodriguez on two-year deal for more than $11M, pending physical.
Rodriguez, who will be 32 in April, hit .270/.349/.510 last season with the Pirates, which included a career-high 18 home runs in 342 plate appearances. He played in 140 games in 2016, also a career high.
He's played first base, second, shortstop, third and all three outfield spots at the major league level, but spent most of last season in Pittsburgh at shortstop (177 2/3 innings) and first (174 1/3).
The Braves don't have an immediate opening for Rodriguez, though he may slide into a super utility role that Jace Peterson has often been discussed for.
Or speaking of Peterson, the right-handed Rodriguez could platoon there with the lefty Peterson as prized prospect Ozzie Albies' arrival date in the majors is unclear after he suffered a fractured elbow.
A similar situation could develop at third with incumbent Adonis Garcia seeing drops in his slugging (.406) and OPS+ (91) after those numbers sat at .497 and 115, respectively, during his abbreviated 2015 in Atlanta.
A career .234/.303/.390 hitter with 67 homers, 112 doubles, 13 doubles and 259 RBI, Rodriguez's nine-year career has included stops with the Rays, Angels and Pirates. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the third round in 2003 out of Miami's Braddock High School.