The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they've acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Tampa Bay Rays, along with cash considerations, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Seelinger.
Hechavarria was on waivers previously, but cleared when no team wanted to take on his remaining salary. He's making $5.9 M this year, and is owed just under $1.8 M the rest of the year. It's not yet known how much the Rays are sending over to the Pirates.
This move probably means the end of Sean Rodriguez's time with the Pirates. Hechavarria isn't really an offensive upgrade over Rodriguez, but he's one of the best defensive shortstops in the game. Over the last four seasons he ranks 5th in UZR/150 and 5th in Defensive Runs Saved out of 21 qualified shortstops. By comparison, Jordy Mercer...
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