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 ...
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.