Pirates Acquire Infielder Robert Andino From Mariners

The Pirates made one trade today, acquiring infielder Robert Andino from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations, first reported by Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Andino, 29, has played mostly in Triple-A this season, recording a .229 average and .281 on-base percentage for the Tacoma Rainiers. He has played nine Major League seasons for the Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. Andino has played mostly second base and shortstop, with a little time at third base, and defensive metrics grade him as an average middle infielder.

Since 2009, Andino owns a .236 batting average and .620 OPS in 1,308 MLB plate appearances. He is set to earn about $500,000 the rest of this season and is eligible for his third year of arbitration next season before becoming a free agent. Andino cleared waivers in May before being assigned to Tacoma, and we expect him to join the Pirates’ Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. The Pirates can open up a 40-man roster spot by placing Michael McKenry, who is out for the season, on the 60-day disabled list.

Let’s hope he is not sad anymore.

[UPDATE, 9:20 PM — The Pirates confirmed the trade. Andino will go to Triple-A and will not be on the team’s 40-man roster.]

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  • bqjd

    Why did they do this?

  • csnumber23

    I don’t understand the point to acquiring this guy. I don’t see anything he can help us with.

    Opening a 40 man roster spot for McKenry should go to Lambo not this guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.martin.9003 Bob Martin

    Triple A must have needed an infielder. He brings no value to the Pirates other than a filler in AAA.

  • elgaupo

    He has hit LHPs well. He is hitting them well this year in a small sample.

    If he can OPS .700 against LHPs, play SS, is cheap and has years of control then he has value.

    • csnumber23

      Robert Andino has no value, no matter how much you try and spin it. He is a minor league player and that’s it.

      • elgaupo

        You probably hated Jeanmar as well.

  • Ecbucs

    I don’t see any reason for doing this now. Just got Bocock a week or two ago.

    Maybe they think he can be utility infielder/depth next year when (if) Barmes is gone.

  • Curtis

    Few players can play SS at the major league level, anyone that can do that has value. Another one doesn’t hurt, especially given how much he makes and that he doesn’t even take up a 40-man spot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jarrod.ranone Jarrod Ranone

    He isn’t going to be on the 40 man. He is depth for AAA so who cares. Why people complain about these moves is beyond me. Just like people who complain about minor league deals in the offseason.

  • Y2JGQ2

    We’ve DFA’d 4 better shortstops than this guy in the last 3 years. Pedro Ciriaco anyone?

  • http://battlingbucs.wordpress.com battlingbucs

    I imagine Chase d’Arnaud will be called up as a pinch runner in September. Hurdle seemed to like him in that role last year. Without him only De Jesus (who I also think is a sleeper to be called up) and Bocock would remain on the AAA roster as middle infielders. While you only need 2, having a backup would be nice.

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