Sean Rodriguez arrives, excited for the opportunity
Though Wednesday’s workout was INF Sean Rodriguez’s first day in Rays camp, there was a somewhat familiar feel.
Rodriguez, acquired from the Angels in the LHP Scott Kazmir trade last fall, said some of his teammates from Triple-A Durham welcomed him in, “It was just like I had been here for two, three years,” he said.
Rodriguez will be a focal point this spring, as he’s in the mix at second base, as the Rays sort out their second base/rightfield platoon.
“They say it’s between me and (Ben) Zobrist and (Reid) Brignac, I’ve heard it all,” Rodriguez said. “But the way I see it, it’s me versus me. You can’t look at it as a competition, because then it gets too feverish between guys, because you don’t want that. It’s a team right now, the number one goal is winning.”
Rodriguez said he’s played nearly every position in a game (except pitcher and catcher), though he said he’d be willing to go behind the plate. And it sounds like he’ll get a chance to show his versatility this spring.
“Joe told me I’m going to play a lot of second, short, third, outfield, so 'Don’t think you’re going to get caught up in one place,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want – whatever it takes.”
So what's the position he's most comfortable in? You might be surprised.
"Centerfield," he deadpanned. "It's where I played my whole life, I played there all through high school, and my senior year a couple scouts went to me and said, 'You're gonna project more at shortstop.'" They said you should play short. I said 'I"ll do whatever you think is going to be better for me. So I did it. ..
"I'm just fortunate it worked out."