The Phillies announced Friday that they’ve signed infielder Sean Rodriguez to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Rodriguez is represented by MVP Sports.
Rodriguez, 34 in April, has struggled over the past two seasons after turning in a strong showing with the Pirates in 2016. Back in ’16, Rodriguez posted a very strong .270/.349/.510 slash with 18 homers in just 342 plate appearances while playing all over the diamond in Pittsburgh. That led him to sign a two-year contract with the Braves in the offseason, but a shoulder injury suffered in a frightening car accident that winter wiped out the majority of his 2017 season.
Rodriguez was eventually traded back to Pittsburgh, but the struggles he had in Atlanta continued in his return to the Bucs. In all, over the past two seasons, he’s batted a combined .167/.277/.305 through 326 trips to the plate. He’ll give his new organization some depth at second base, third base, shortstop and in the outfield corners.
At present, the Phillies have Maikel Franco, Jean Segura, Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins lined up around the infield, with Andrew McCutchen and Nick Williams penciled in as the corner outfielders. Those mixes, however, could change — and, perhaps more accurately, will change — as the Phils are widely expected to land either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper before the offseason draws to a close.