Playing A Little Pepper

When Wil Myers is promoted, who is the odd-man out?

With Sam Fuld seeing a lot of playing time early on (with Matt Joyce and Desmond Jennings) in the outfield, Ben Zobrist has moved back to second base earlier than we expected. And with Zorilla at second base, the Rays don’t need both Ryan Roberts and Sean Rodriguez. So far, Roberts has 10 plate appearances and Hot Rod has just 7. But Rodriguez can also play more positions. Of course, a bigger issue might be that Roberts makes $3 million and Rodriguez makes just $1 million. The Rays will certainly try to trade one. But if that doesn’t happen, look for Rodriguez to be DFA’d to be sent packing to the minors…SEAN RODRIGUEZ

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Matt Joyce, RF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Shelley Duncan, DH
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Kelly Johnson, LF
  10. Roberto Hernandez, SP

 

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6 Comments

  1. George says:

    Sean rod has an option still

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      great point. my bad. feels like he has been here too long to have any left, but he does have one. All the more reason that he is likely on the way out.

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  2. Dave L says:

    Yes the cubano is definitely the last guy on the bench. He also managed to get on first last night. He is fighting for his spot.

    I'm with George excercise his final option. I like his Jake Lamotta type grit. Bowling over Wieters. Punching inanimate objects.

    If hes gone that means we got better and we are injury free. But I think the last Rays chapter of Sean is still to written. Injuries occur and as Cork notes his versatility is his strength.

    My hope is his tenure is cut short not by Myers but an emerging offensively superior versatile Gimmy Nez.

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  3. Don says:

    Maddon/Friedman decided to give him $1mil to sign over the winter for nothing, they didn't need him late last year, but Daddy had alot to do with it I'm sure, they will give away $1mil or $2 to anyone who can't play but they have a hard time paying the $ 8-10 mil Player.....hard to figure... or make sense

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  4. Lane Meyer says:

    Roberts is the one that needs to go. He is useless, can't hit, poor defense, no speed, and only plays one position that at least 3 other guys on the roster can play.

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  5. dan r says:

    first of all, sean is an easy guy to like (from tv since i do not know him), grit toughness, and a 5 o'clock shadow with few peers. I am not a fan of "tat man" and Super sam is fun to watch, but only if it is 2 days a week, anything more i think is too much. the Rays FO has multiple decisions coming, does duncan go when\if scott gets healthy? should guyer or myers be on the big club? is there ANY flexibility at all with the bullpen roster? I am not sure we have seen such inflexibility from this group in quite a while. I fear we may see some (multiple) fan favorites on a bus out of town.

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