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Rays' new name is Sean Rodriguez



UPDATE 5:09: Manager Joe Maddon gave his scouting report on the newest Ray, 2B Sean Rodriguez, acquired as the player to be named later in the Scott Kazmir trade.

And they'll get a better look at Rodriguez soon, as Maddon said they plan to call up up with the next wave of call-ups.

"A really good kid, very talented," Maddon said. "He can play a variety of different positions, well. Probably if you had to pick one best position, it'd be second base. he can play shortrstop, corner outfielder, can also play center. He throws well, runs well, has good power. Looking at him physically, if you're standing right here, you  wouldn't see all that power coming out of him, but it's there."

Rodriguez had 29 homers and 93 RBIs for Triple-A Salt Lake, where Maddon admits the ball does carry more, but the power is still there.

"He's very exciting," Maddon said. "He's the kind of guy that if you can just auger out one spot and give him a bunch of at-bats, I think what he's done in the minor leagues, he'll be something very similar in the major leagues, offensively."

UPDATE, 3:27: The Rays will have to make a 40-man roster move to make for Rodriguez. 

UPDATE, 3:10: The Rays have confirmed the Sean Rodriguez acquisition and issued a news release.


DEVELOPING: Second baseman Sean Rodriguez, a 24-year old who put up impressive numbers for the Angels' Triple-A Salt Lake team, is the third player in the Scott Kazmir trade, the Times has learned.

Rodriguez cleared waivers and will initially report to Triple-A Durham before joining the Rays.

Rodriguez batted .299, with 29 homers and 93 RBIs in 103 games for Salt Lake, with nine stolen bases, a .400 on-base pct. and .616 slugging pct. while playing primarily second base and shortstop. He ranks sixth among all minor leaguers in home runs and third in slugging, and is among the Pacific Coast League leaders in homers (second), slugging (second), and RBI (tied for third).

According to the Los Angeles Times,  Rodriguez surprisingly was not included among the Angels' five call-ups announced after Monday's game.

Rodriguez would be an interesting addition -- he already played 71 games in the big leagues and is versatile enough to play second, third, shortstop and all three outfield positions, which makes him a perfect fit for the Rays. He is a righthanded hitter, a Miami native and 6-1, 215 pounds.

Rodriguez played in 12 games for the Angels this season, hitting .200 with two homers. He played in 59 games for the Angels last season, hitting .204 with three homers and 10 RBIs, during five stints.

nine stolen bases, a .400 on-base pct. and .616 slugging pct. He played primarily second base and
shortstop for Salt Lake, and spent time at all three outfield positions.

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