The Los Angeles Angels signed Luis Rodriguez to a Minor League contract this past winter so that the team will have solid competition for the reserve infield position. Will Rodriguez clinch a spot on the Angles 25-man roster before the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season?
Gonzalez has spent six years in the big leagues, but never made an appearance in the majors in 2012. The Seattle Mariners decided to keep Gonzalez with their Triple-A affiliate, something that frustrated the switch-hitter because he thought he deserved a chance in the majors after posting a .296 batting average with 12 home runs and 51 RBI.
The 32-year-old has decided to make the most of his opportunity with the Angels after his experience last year. He is considered a long shot to make the Opening Day roster only because Los Angeles already has Andrew Romine on the 40-man roster and he has shown no reason for the organization to demote him. However, the fact that he is batting .450 with three RBI and four runs scored in 20 at-bats this spring certainly bodes well for his chances.
“He gives you a tough at-bat,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told MLB.com. “That’s really what he’s about.”
Unfortunately, I do not believe Rodriguez will break camp with the Angels because he simply does not bring enough to the plate. The Venezuela native batted .197 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 117 at-bats in his last stint in the majors and that will not cut it with Los Angeles, a team that is determined to make a run at a World Series berth.