Two months after having to return the Rule 5 pick to Cleveland when the Pirates couldn't keep Rodriguez on the Major League roster, the club has reacquired him from the Indians for cash considerations. Rodriguez has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
"Obviously, we liked him enough to take him in the Rule 5," general manager Neal Huntington said. "He came available and we wanted to add him back to the organization."
The addition bolsters the organization's depth in the infield and gives the Pirates the option of calling on Rodriguez to be a backup infielder if the club does not want to stick with Pedro Ciriaco. Rodriguez, Huntington said, will play second, short, third and in the outfield with Indianapolis in the meantime.
After going 1-for-12 before being designated for assignment by the Pirates on April 22, Rodriguez hit .193 in 18 games with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus. There, Rodriguez played 13 games in the outfield and the rest at third base.