Thursday, March 29, 2012
Mets Strengthen Infield: Sign Josh Rodriguez
It has been announce that the Mets have signed middle infielder Josh Rodriguez to a minor league deal.
Rodriguez was a Rule V pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates last year, then was returned to Cleveland. As with all Rule V players, once picked up, they must spend the entire season on the Major League roster. If they don't, they must be returned to their original team.
Rodriguez is listed as 6 feet and 180 lbs. He has spent all but 7 games in the minors. He is mainly a 2B/SS, who has had some experience at 3B.
The 27 year old out of Rice University was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Indians in 2006.
This signing appears to be an insurance policy for the Mets. Rodriguez is considered to be a quality defensive player, and might see some time with the big club if the Tejada/Murphy experiment doesn't pan out.
Sources: Adam Rubin, Baseball Reference