Rays acquire Class A pitcher for Hechavarria

August 6th, 2018

The Tampa Bay Rays traded shortstop to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Matt Seelinger, who will join Class A Bowling Green.

The Rays DFA'd Hechavarria on Wednesday. He was slashing .258/.289/.332 for Tampa Bay this year, but he's known more for his glove.

The 29-year-old Hechavarria hasn't played any position besides shortstop since 2012 with the Blue Jays, so the Pirates are unlikely to use him as a utility infielder. Pittsburgh's diamond could use the help after underwent surgery on his right wrist Friday. Kang is expected to return mid-September, so Hechavarria could potentially fill the hole in the Bucs' infield. Hechavarria is set to become a free agent after this season.
Seelinger, 23, was a 28th-round selection by the Pirates -- the first player to ever be drafted out of Farmingdale State -- in the 2017 Draft. He's 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA and seven saves through 28 appearances with Class A West Virginia this season.