The Rays are bringing utilityman Daniel Robertson back to the organization on a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The two parties are in the process of finalizing the contract.
Robertson, 29 next month, hasn’t appeared in the Majors since a 50-game stint with the 2021 Brewers, but he spent the 2017-19 seasons as an oft-used bench piece for the Rays, batting .231/.340/.352 with 16 home runs, an 11.6% walk rate and a 25.2% walk rate in 831 plate appearances along the way. He’s most frequently appeared at second base in his big league career (816 innings) but does have ample experience at third base (601 innings) and shortstop (569 innings) in addition to brief looks in the corner outfield (38 innings) and at first base (eight innings).
Tampa Bay traded Robertson to the Giants for cash back in 2020, and he appeared in 63 games between San Francisco and Milwaukee from 2020-21. He didn’t hit much in a tiny sample of 114 plate appearances, however, and those struggles continued in Triple-A last year, when he hit a combined .219/.319/.395 between the top affiliates for the Twins and the Phillies.
Still, Robertson can play all over the diamond and has had some modest success both in Triple-A and in the Majors over the course of a decade-long professional career. He’s the second veteran utilityman signed by Tampa Bay in as many days, as the Rays also inked Charlie Culberson to a similar pact yesterday. The Rays will see a dozen of their players depart for the World Baseball Classic in early March, including infielders Jonathan Aranda, Wander Franco and Isaac Paredes, so having some extra veterans in camp will come with an additional benefit.
This is such a rays move, and Robertson is gonna end up with a .800 ops and 20 home runs next year, I’ve seen how this plays out before
He’ll never get a big league at bat
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Tampa is just looking to be able to field a minor league squad in spring training once the World Baseball Classic starts. Highly unlikely that Robertson or Culberson makes the 26-man roster with all of the IF depth Tampa already has. I’m guessing both players have an opt out clause if they are not promoted by a certain date.
Steve Adams: “batting .231/.340/.352 with 16 home runs, an 11.6% walk rate and a 25.2% walk rate in 831 plate appearances”
I believe the second number (25.2%) correlates to K-rate perhaps?
If it is in fact his BB%, that’s an awesome walk rate…
He really looked like a potential core piece back in 2018; then he got hurt in 2019 and has never found it again. I hope he can put it together and catch on somewhere with a good spring showing.
For real he looked like the second coming of Zobrist.
I thought they meant the pitcher.
Hopefully he can bounce back with the rays. I hope Taylor walls a run for his money for being a bench piece
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Tampa has way too many infielders between the major league roster and guys who could come up from AAA (Mead). They are like an infielder factory. I don’t know how they will find playing time for everyone.