The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league infielder Jimmy Rider to the Boston Red Sox for future considerations, per Baseball America. Rider tweeted earlier this week that he was a new member of the Red Sox. The Pittsburgh native was drafted in the 26th round of the 2012 draft out of Kent State. In the past two years he has had a .608 OPS in 234 minor league at-bats. Most of those have been in short-season ball. He has been organizational depth at the lower levels, so this is likely a case where the Pirates didn't have room for him, and wanted to find him a better opportunity....
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