Dave Arrigo, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates roster is starting to take shape, and very few question marks remain after a couple announcements following today’s win against the Rays. Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, meaning Rule 5 pickup Josh Rodriguez has earned a spot on the 25-man roster as a reserve infielder. Both players had pretty strong springs, making the choice a difficult one. Ciriaco hit .333/.326/.429 in 42 Grapefruit League at-bats, while Rodriguez hit .303/.410/.394 in 33 at-bats. The final decision likely came down to roster management and Rodriguez’s vastly superior minor league track record. As a Rule 5 pick, Rodriguez would likely be lost if he did not make the team, while Ciriaco had an option remaining. Rodriguez is also coming off a ve...
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