Rays trade utilityman Sean Rodriguez to Pirates
Rodriguez played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Rays during the past five seasons. He has a .225 career average and appeared in 96 games this year, batting .211 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs.
Tampa Bay designated the 29-year-old for assignment last week, clearing roster room to sign free agent reliever Ernesto Frieri.
Rodriguez would be eligible for salary arbitration if he remains on the roster past Tuesday and has not signed.
The Pirates also agreed to minor league contracts with outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, infielder Deibinson Romero and catcher Sebastian Valle, and invited the three to big league spring training.
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