Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. The 30-year-old backstop split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, but couldn't hit above the Mendoza line at either stop. Because of that, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training concludes.
The Yankees announced several roster moves on Thursday, per the team's official website. The team optioned right-hander Chase Whitley to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and optioned infielders Nick Noonan and Rob Refsnyder and catcher Eddy Rodriguez down to minor-league camp. Chase Whitley put together a dominant spring, but lost the fifth spot on the rotation to Adam Warren. He registered a 1.17 ERA over 15 1/3 innings of work.
The Rays reassigned catcher Eddy Rodriguez and outfielder Jeremy Moore to minor-league camp Tuesday. Moore finished the major-league portion of camp 8 for 29 with three home runs, four RBI and two walks. Rodriguez notched his first spring hit Tuesday and finished 1 for 6 in seven appearances.
The Rays have signed catcher Eddy Rodriguez to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rodriguez spent three seasons in the Padres organization, most recently hitting .231/.271/.374 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 281 at-bats between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tuscon in 2013.
The Padres shipped a trio of players to minor-league camp Friday, as their roster continues to take shape. Catcher Eddy Rodriguez and pitchers Daniel Stange and Thad Weber were sent down.