Sean Rodriguez, Pirates reportedly agree to one-year deal
Utility man Sean Rodriguez will be back for at least one more season in Pittsburgh.
According to multiple media outlets, Rodriguez and the Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.5-million contract, pending a physical.
"I love the team. I love the manager. I love the opportunity they gave me," Rodriguez told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It’s hard to find a situation like the Pirates have, so I’m really happy to be coming back."
In his first season with the Pirates last year, the 30-year-old hit .246/.281/.362 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 224 at-bats over 139 games.
Rodriguez has played every position except catcher and has served as a designated hitter as well in his eight-season major-league career, which began with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2008. However, he made the bulk of his appearances at first base last season with the Pirates due to the defensive futility of starter Pedro Alvarez.
In total, Rodriguez started 34 games for the Bucs this past season, 15 of which came in the outfield and 12 of which were at first base.
"[General manager] Neal [Huntington] and Clint [Hurdle] always said they wanted to use me more," Rodriguez told the Tribune-Review. "They did the best they could. I wasn’t at all resentful about it. If anything, I was pleased because it showed they trusted my ability."
In easily the most bizarre moment of Rodriguez’s 2015 season, he took out his frustration on a Gatorade cooler during the Pirates’ loss to the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game.