MLB 2016: Atlanta Braves Acquisition Of Sean Rodriguez A "Win-win" Move!
The Atlanta Braves added one of the most versatile players in baseball on Thursday as they signed Sean Rodriguez from the free agency.
Rodriguez reportedly agreed on a two-year deal with the Braves worth more than $11 million with pending physical according to Ken Rosenthal. He will get a $1.5 million signing bonus and will earn $5 million per year.
Sources: #Braves in agreement with free-agent infielder Sean Rodriguez on two-year deal for more than $11M, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 24, 2016
Based on The Bleacher Report, the 31-year old Rodriguez played different positions last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates as he appeared everywhere except the role of catcher and pitcher. He played most of his time in the first base but he was seen playing more than 10 games each on the second base, third base, shortstop, left field and right field.
The veteran played for Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels but he played his best offensive career last season with the Pirates as he batted .270 with a .349 on-base percentage to go with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in 140 games.
According to the Atlanta Braves, the addition of Rodriguez will make him a right-handed batter that can occasionally spell right fielder Nick Markakis or first baseman Freddie Freeman and at the same time, he will give manager Brian Snitker a platoon options at multiple positions.
Rodriguez will also give relief to Jace Peterson who will man the position of Ozzie Albies who's recovering from an elbow fracture. The acquiring of Sean Rodriguez will remove the possibility of the return of Jeff Francoeur to the Braves to serve as a right-handed option off the bench and a backup outfielder.
Rodriguez will the third veteran free agent that the Braves acquired this offseason. He will join R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon on the Braves' lineup.
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