Rodriguez was assigned to Minnesota's minor-league camp. Rodriguez hasn't appeared in the majors since 2012 as he's had an OPS less than .600 each of the last three years. He'll likely spend the season at Triple-A Rochester.
Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2012 likely due to his batting average in the minors settling around the Mendoza Line since that brief stint. Unless something drastically changes for him, Rodriguez will likely act as an organizational depth piece in his new organization.
Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a run, two RBI and two strikeouts in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre's 7-2 victory over Rochester on Friday. Rodriguez had a poor spring as he batted .133 over 15 at-bats with one RBI and one run. His spring is not too far off his 2015 campaign with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre where he accumulated a combined .170 average over 176 at-bats. A promotion to the majors this year seems unlikely as long as he continues to bat below the mendoza line.
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.