On Saturday, the Pirates acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez, who spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Pittsburgh, from the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Connor Joe. They also claimed reliever George Kontos off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and designated for assignment reliever Jhan Marinez and outfielder Danny Ortiz. Rodriguez, 32, parlayed a strong 2016 season (.859 OPS) into a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the Braves. He missed the first half this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in February, shortly after he and his family were involved in a serious car accident. In 15 games for the Braves, Rodriguez batted .162 with a .677 OPS. He gives the Pirates the fourth outfielder they need this season, since Starling Marte, suspended for steroids earlier this year, won’t be available for the postseason should Pittsburgh reach the playoffs. Kontos, 32, had a 3.83 ERA in 51⅔ innings for the Giants the season. He has a 3.05 career ERA. He is arbitration-eligible and will reach free agency after the 2019 season.
George Kontos claimed by Pirates on waivers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Aug 5