The six gloves Sean Rodriguez lugs around this spring are the most obvious sign of what went wrong last season. Finally given the opportunity he sought for years from the Rays to play every day, Rodriguez failed somewhat miserably. So now he's back to playing everywhere. Rodriguez, 27, will be used in a super-utility role, slated for some platoon starts at first and second base and reserve duty at short, third and all three outfield spots, even emergency catcher designation. It's not bad work — nor bad pay with a $1 million salary this season — but it's a daily reminder of what Rodriguez let slip away, as he began last season as the starting shortstop then moved over to third base after Evan Longoria's injury. "I understand I had a little opportunity there and I didn't make everything I could out of it. It wasn't a total go-ahead shot, but it was definitely a shot," Rodriguez said.
Rays' Rodriguez goes for variety
Tampa Bay Times | Mar 14