The Astros seemingly have two glaring needs, as they have holes in both left field and at the utility position. Roster flexibility is not exactly a strong point for the Astros as currently constructed, as there are not a lot of players who can appear at multiple positions. However, in one move, the Astros may be able to help solve some of those problems with the signing of Sean Rodriguez.
Rodriguez may not be someone that ever hits for a high average or gets on base at an impressive rate, but he can hit for a bit of power. Throughout his career, Rodriguez owns a .225/.297/.372 batting line with 45 home runs. Last year, Rodriguez saw the batting average and on base percentage take a dip, as he produced a .211/.258/.443 batting line, hitting a career best 12 home runs.
Yet, as intriguing as the power may be, the Astros have players that hit for a low average and have power. Players like Chris Carter and Jon Singleton, although there is plenty of time for Singleton to begin to hit like expected. Instead, what makes Rodriguez potentially interesting is that he can play at any position aside from pitcher and catcher. Although Rodriguez was originally a middle infielder, he has spent plenty of time at left and third, while occasionally filling in over the diamond.
So, what would it take to acquire Rodriguez? The former Tampa Bay Rays utility player was designated for assignment yesterday, and likely would not cost much to bring to Houston. Even a low level prospect should be sufficient. In fact, maybe the waiver claim would be enough. The Rays, for whatever reason, appear to have soured on Rodriguez, so he may be available for literally nothing.
Sean Rodriguez is not the type of player that can turn the Astros into a contending ballclub, but he can add the knowledge of what it takes to be a winner. The Rays had been a winning team every year of Rodriguez’s tenure, excluding last season. Maybe he can bring a bit of that intangible with him to Houston.
It would not be a signing that would really move the needle, but Sean Rodriguez could be a solid fit for the Houston Astros.