It is starting to look more and more like the Rays opening day lineup will consist of players currently on the roster. But that won’t stop the Rays from adding a player to bolster the bench.
The one thing all three of these guys have in common is they can play shortstop. Keppinger and Theriot can also play second base and the corner outfield spots, which would make them perfect for a bench spot on a Joe Maddon team.
But what this tells us is that Andrew Friedman may be more content to add veteran depth at shortstop, rather than go out and trade for an overpriced young stud shortstop. It also tells us that Elliot Johnson’s job on the bench is far from secure.
Renteria hit .251 with a .306 OBP in 2011 with the Reds. He will be 35 in 2012. Keppinger hit just .255 with a .285 OBP with the Giants in 2011 before they chose not to tender him a contract this off-season. He had a good 2010 campaign with the Astros, posting a .332 wOBA (.351 OBP). Theriot hit .271 with a .321 OBP with the Cardinals in 2011.