August 6, 2018 / 9:15 PM / a year ago

Pirates get Hechavarria, cash from Rays for minor leaguer

FILE PHOTO: Jun 25, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) leads back as a wild pitch comes close to his head and scores a run during the second inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a week after he was designated for assignment, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria has a new home.

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Hechavarria and cash considerations on Monday from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Seelinger.

Prior to being designated for assignment on Wednesday, Hechavarria hit .258 with three home runs and 26 RBIs in 61 games this season, starting 57 games at shortstop. On June 30, the defensive specialist saw his errorless streak end at 94 games and 319 total chances — both Rays records for a shortstop.

The 29-year-old Hechavarria enters Monday with 734 games played at shortstop since 2013 — fifth in the majors in that time. His 35 triples since 2013 rank tied for third among all major leaguers, as well.

Hechavarria debuted with Toronto in 2012 before spending the next four-plus seasons with Miami.

Seelinger, 23, a 2017 28th-round pick by the Pirates, is 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 28 games (no starts) with Class-A West Virginia. He also has seven saves.

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