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Sean Rodriguez | First Baseman | #3

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 3 (0) / LAA
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Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and knocked in four runs Wednesday against the Mariners.
Rodriguez entered the night with a .675 OPS and no homers in 65 at-bats in June, so he had cooled considerably after his fantastic start. Still, he's been a terrific asset for the Pirates with his production and versatility this year. Jun 30 - 1:33 AM

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Sean Rodriguez got the start in right field on Wednesday, but donned the Golden Sombrero with four strikeouts against the Marlins.

Rodriguez has enjoyed success, hitting .272/.372/.568 in 95 plate appearances, but the 31-year-old has always had a proclivity for the strikeout. That weakness showed up in a big way against the Marlins. He struck out three times swinging and once looking. Chalk it up to just one bad day at the office, though, as the utility man has performed quite well for the Pirates this year.
Jun 1 - 10:35 PM

Sean Rodriguez delivered an RBI double in the 13th inning on Sunday, propelling the Pirates to a 12-10 marathon victory over the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

Rodriguez also had an RBI single earlier in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-7 with a pair of runs scored and three strikeouts. He has hit extremely well in a limited role thus far, slashing .375/.500/.833 with 11 RBI.
Apr 24 - 9:44 PM

Sean Rodriguez scored the Pirates' only run on Saturday night against the Diamondbacks, smashing his third homer of the year.

Rodriguez homered with two outs in the second inning against Rubby De La Rosa, which proved to be the only damage done by the Buccos. The 30-year-old has enjoyed a nice little start to the season. He's hitting .412/.565/1.000 with three homers and nine RBI. The question, though, is where the playing time comes once Jung-ho Kang returns from the disabled list.
Apr 24 - 12:10 AM

Sean Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Rodriguez treated Patrick Corbin like his own personal Gatorade cooler in hitting his second homer in 14 at-bats this year. Last year, he had a total of four homers in 224 at-bats. Even more remarkable is that he's already walked six times, versus just three strikeouts. Last year, he had a 63/5 K/BB ratio. Still, the hot start doesn't seem likely to result in much extra playing time against right-handers.
Apr 23 - 1:11 AM

Sean Rodriguez delivered a grand slam for his first homer of the spring Thursday against the Rays.

He hit that ball like it was a Gatorade cooler. Rodriguez is $2.5 million insurance for the Pirates. He doesn't figure to start much at all while everyone is healthy, but as many positions as he can play, it's a good bet that he'll be needed somewhere eventually.
Mar 31 - 5:06 PM

Pirates re-signed UTIL Sean Rodriguez to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Rodriguez batted just .246/.281/.362 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 240 plate appearances this past season for the Pirates and he owns a weak .228/.295/.371 batting line for his career, but the 30-year-old is comfortable playing anywhere on the diamond defensively. He appeared at first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field, and right field with Pittsburgh in 2015.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:03:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Pirates have re-signed infielder Sean Rodriguez.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the deal is worth $2.5 million plus incentives, pending a physical. Rodriguez batted just .246/.281/.362 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 240 plate appearances this past season, but the Pirates value his versatility. He'll be back in a utility role in 2016.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 02:07:00 PM

Sean Rodriguez is drawing free agent interest from four teams, including the Tigers and Pirates, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Rodriguez batted just .246/.281/.362 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 240 plate appearances this past season for Pittsburgh, but he can play all around the diamond defensively. The 30-year-old utilityman should land a one-year deal within the next few weeks. He turns 31 years old in April.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 11:25:00 AM

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in re-signing Sean Rodriguez.

Rodriguez hit .246/.281/.362 with four homers while starting games at six different positions for the Pirates in 2015. Pittsburgh would appear to have an opening for a utility player, so it would make some sense to bring the 30-year-old back.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Sean Rodriguez was ejected in the seventh inning of Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Cubs.

The whole fracas began when Cubs starter Jake Arrieta was plunked by Pirates reliever Tony Watson while Arrieta batted in the seventh inning. The two exchanged words, which led to both benches clearing. Rodriguez had to be held back by three teammates at one point. The Pirates were trailing 4-0 at the time of his ejection. Following his removal from the game, Rodriguez proceeded to attack a container of Gatorade.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 10:15:00 PM

Sean Rodriguez continued to punish Cardinals pitching on Sunday, blasting a two-run homer in his only at-bat.

Rodriguez had himself quite the weekend series in St. Louis, going 6-for-7 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI. His two-run blast off Steve Cishek on Sunday increased the Bucs' advantage to 5-0 in the seventh inning.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 10:55:00 PM

Pirates and INF/OF Sean Rodriguez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.9 million contract.

Rodriguez was arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. He'll serve in a utility role for the Pirates after arriving in Pittsburgh via trade from the Rays last month.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 03:28:00 PM

Pirates acquired INF/OF Sean Rodriguez from the Rays for a player to be named later and cash.

Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Rays last week so they could avoid giving him a raise through salary arbitration. The 29-year-old is a versatile defender and should be a useful piece on the Pittsburgh bench in 2015. He owns a .225/.297/.372 career batting line at the major league level.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Rays designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

Due another raise through arbitration, Rodriguez was considered a likely non-tender candidate, so the Rays simply decided to cut ties a little bit early. He could draw interest on waivers due to his versatility. Rodriguez batted .211/.258/.443 with 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances this past season.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 01:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jeff Locke
4Jameson Taillon
5Tyler Glasnow
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Juan Nicasio
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Jon Niese