Pirates Trade Justin Sellers to White Sox

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded infielder Justin Sellers to the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He has been injured most of this season, attempting three rehab comebacks before finally sticking this last time. He had played 16 games this season, mostly in the lower levels.

Deals like this are usually done because a players has an opportunity elsewhere and no spot with the Pirates, so they don’t block them from joining another team. That’s good business, because minor league free agents will see that a team doesn’t bury players in AAA, so they aren’t worried about who might be ahead of them on the depth chart. It allows you to sign better players, which adds depth to start the season. Deals like this usually end up turning out to be nothing, so don’t wait anxiously to hear who the player might be, Sellers just went from the 60-day DL to being outright to Indianapolis, so a team could have acquired him for nothing last week.