The Atlanta Braves have traded utility man Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league infielder Connor Joe. Rodriguez, 32, has not played much this year due to a horrible car accident in January and underwent shoulder surgery soon after. Originally expected to miss the entire 2017 campaign, Rodriguez beat all odds by coming back in late July, but has struggled ever since.
Sean Rodriguez has only hit .162 (6-37) with 2 HR and 3 RBI since his return. However, his OBP is a lot higher at .326 thanks to 8 walks. Unfortunately for the Braves, Sean struck out a staggering 19 times in those 37 AB.
Sean spent the previous 2 years in Pittsburgh, who are currently 3 games under .500, will add INF depth while trying to catch up with the red hot Chicago Cubs. In 2016, his best season so far, Sean slugged 18 bombs with 56 RBI and hit .270. Sean spent the earlier portion of his career with the LA Angels (2008-09) and the TB Rays (2010-2014). He signed a 2 year deal with Atlanta before the season.
On the other hand, the Braves acquired INF prospect, Connor Joe. Joe, 24, is hitting .240 in short-season A ball and AA with 5 HR and 30 RBI. He was ranked as the 29th best Pirates prospect entering this year by prospects1500.com. He was signed by Pittsburgh out of the University of San Diego in 2014.
Atlanta Braves recall LHP Max Fried (Braves #10 prospect) from AA Mississippi and UTIL Jace Peterson from AAA Gwinnett; option RHP Jason Hursh to AAA Gwinnett.
Braves activate RHP Jason Motte from 10 Day DL and place LHP Ian Krol on the 10 day DL with a left oblique strain.