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Rays: Right-Handed 3B/1B from the Scrap Heap of Free Agency

By Seth Carter
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 12: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Travis d'Arnaud #37 after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 12: Avisail Garcia #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Travis d'Arnaud #37 after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 12, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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Sean Rodriguez is a versatile fielder who was showing signs of life with the bat, prior to the car accident. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Sean Rodriguez is a versatile fielder who was showing signs of life with the bat, prior to the car accident. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

Sean Rodriguez

2019 Statistics (don’t look)
Salary: $555,000
WAR: 0.4
Games: 76
ABs: 112
Runs: 24
2B: 5
HR: 4
RBI: 12
BB: 19
SO: 41
.223/.348/.375
OPS+: 88

Rodriguez played with the Tampa Bay Rays between 2010-2014. During that time his slashed a .228/.300/.378 and compiled 40 homers. His best season came two years after he was traded away from the Rays. In 2017 with the Pirates he slashed .270/.349/.510, smashing 18 homers and 56 RBIs in only 300 ABs.

Rodriguez signed with the Atlanta Braves in November of 2016. January 28th he was driving with his wife and two sons when a stolen police car slammed into the passenger’s side of his vehicle. Giselle (wife) was in the passenger seat and suffered three broken ribs, a fractured tibia, femur, and wrist. His two sons also sustained injuries.

The driver of the stolen police car did not survive the accident. Sean Rodriguez was checked out at the emergency room and checked out for no broken bones. Once his swelling subsided, Rodriguez was unable to move his arm. It turned out he suffered a torn rotator cuff, damage to his labrum and a dislocated tendon in his bicep.

After signing a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the Braves, he was now faced with the possibility of missing the entire season. A determined Rodriguez made his way back and played in 15 games with Braves. He hit .162 with the Braves before being traded back to the Pirates. He went on to play 39 more games with Pittsburgh and hit only .168 with the Pirates.

Heading into 2019, he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies. Last season he only appeared in 76 games and hit only .223.

His career slash line is .226/.302/.380. Rodriguez is more of a risk than some of the other players as he doesn’t have the track record of success and his numbers have fallen off since the accident.

The 2016 season gives a sense of hope for where his career was heading. He is a well-liked locker-room guy and a versatile defender that can play all over the field. He would present minimal risk and has familiarity with how the Rays operate, although he hasn’t been a part of the organization since 2014.

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