Rays Make Sean Rodriguez the Starter

Chris Dommermuth, CBSSports Tampa

The Rays have announced, according to Marc Topkin’s tweet, that Sean Rodriguez will be the teams primary starter at shortstop. He and Reid Brignac were battling this spring over the position.

Brignac was limited to just 13 games (compared to Rodriguez’s 21) due to plantar fasciitis. They both had almost identical OPS numbers this spring, it’s clear that Brignac has shown improvement at the plate, but Joe Maddon felt that Rodriguez closed the gap enough defensively to handle the starting duties.

Brignac and Elliot Johnson will also see time at shortstop, so if Rodriguez does struggle, one of those names would be the next in line to start.

If Rodriguez can play solid in the field, he brings a lot more potentially with his bat. He’s a little bit of a liability with batting average, but he brings a nice combination of power and speed.

Don’t be surprised if Brignac is sent down to the minors. He’s one of the few Rays who still have options left on his contract.

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