The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Mel Rojas Jr. to the Atlanta Braves for cash. Rojas was recently dropped from the Indianapolis roster and wasn’t seeing much playing time early in the season. In 12 games, he hit .154 with a .484 OPS.
Rojas was drafted in the third round in 2010 and called a raw player with five-tool potential. He never quite put everything together, always seeming to be more potential over production. He would have become a minor league free agent after this season and with the amount of time he was playing, he wasn’t going to stick around after the season. The Pirates essentially sent him to the team that has a spot for him in a deal that likely was just a trade made to help the player. Cash deals like this could be for as little as $1 and that’s just to complete the transaction.
In his seven seasons, he hit .257/.325/.363 in 684 games, with 28 homers and 80 stolen bases.
Rojas was assigned to the Double-A Mississippi Braves roster.