|Sean Rodriguez (photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)|
The Tampa IF'er made $1.475M last season. This is his final arb year, and he's probably looking at a $2M deal.Rodriguez had spent five years in Tampa Bay, serving as the team's utility dude after starting off with the Angels for parts of two campaigns.
He's done everything but pitch and catch for the Rays, and he seems to be more in the mold of Josh Harrison than Clint Barmes (Rodriguez only played one game at short last year; he mostly manned the corners). No problem there; the Pirates have locked up the market on AAAA back-up infielders, stocking up on potentially cheaper alternatives to Barmes.
Rodriguez looks as if he'll get to see time all over the lot as the RH fill-in. Last year, his splits were pretty miserable, hitting .221 v LHP and just .200 against same-siders. His career line is a little better, with a .247/.221 gap, but certainly not strong enough to consider him a lefty-basher. Gaby's lifetime average against southpaws is .291 (though it was only .256 last year). So the Bucs are gaining a few dollars trimmed off the payroll (Gaby was projected to earn $2.7M) and some more versatility while giving up some offense.
It's just a little more minor wheelin' and dealing going on around the edges of the club. The team was pretty well set in the field; now to see some action on those pitchers.