If the Milwaukee Brewers want to add a veteran option who can cover several positions around the diamond, they could do worse than Sean Rodriguez.
Rodriguez has played every position except pitcher and catcher in his career, and he could fill in for a potential injury to Hernan Perez or Cory Spangenberg if the Brewers don’t want to turn to Dubon or Hiura early in the season.
Hiura and Dubon are both likely to appear in the Majors at some point in 2019. However, when they come up, they need to play. Rodriguez has come off the bench for the majority of his career, and knows how to stay ready for when his number is called to pinch hit or grab a glove. Hiura and Dubon won’t be coming off the bench for the Major League team, even if there’s an injury.
Rodriguez is coming off a rough season that saw him post a .591 OPS in 173 plate appearances. He also missed time with a few nagging injuries last year. He probably won’t get a Major League contract at this point in the off season, and may have to settle for a Minor League deal if he wants to continue playing. A year of playing ball in Triple-A with a 40-man roster spot is better than most jobs.
Rodriguez makes sense for the Milwaukee Brewers as a backup utility man, and he could be willing to sign a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite.