Originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2008, the right-handed-hitting Sands was involved in two trades in 2012. He was part of the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez from the Red Sox to the Dodgers and the deal that sent pitcher Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates to the Red Sox.
Sands spent the 2013 season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis, batting .207 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs in 106 games.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.