Daniel Robertson

#28 3B / Tampa Bay Rays / EXP: 3YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 200 lb Age: 26 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Robertson is one of the members of the Rays roster with something to prove during a potential 2020 season, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. The versatile utility asset continued to put in time all over the infield in 2019 -- Robertson saw action at second base, shortstop and third base -- and he's also toiled in the outfield at the big-league level. However, Robertson saw a major downturn at the plate last season, slashing an underwhelming .213/.312/.295 across 237 plate appearances while also suffering a midseason knee injury that required surgery. The 26-year-old re-upped with the Rays for $1 million in what was his second year of arbitration, so salary won't be an issue in and of itself; however, if other options such as Mike Brosseau or Nate Lowe are able to impress during a 2020 season that appears destined to feature expanded rosters if it does unfold, Robertson could be surpassed if he isn't able to make notable improvement at the plate.

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    • Robertson remains in contention for an Opening Day roster spot after the Rays optioned Mike Brosseau and Nate Lowe on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Robertson competed for a utility role before spring training was suspended, hitting .250 (6-for-24) with a double, an RBI, three walks and four runs across 11 Grapefruit League games. Robertson's strong glove and ability to play second base, shortstop and third base certainly make him valuable from a defensive perspective, but he'll need to bounce back offensively after generating a pedestrian .213/.312/.295 line across 74 games last season.

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    • Robertson is hitting .313 (5-for-16) with a double, an RBI, three walks and three runs across his first eight Grapefruit League games. Robertson is playing on a one-year contract in 2020 and is looking to cement a utility spot this spring, although he faces formidable competition from Joey Wendle and Mike Brosseau, both of whom are having solid camps as well. The 25-year-old saw a major statistical downturn at the plate last season (.213/.312/.295 across 237 plate appearances), but he continued to flash considerable defensive versatility by serving as an above-average glove at second base, third base and shortstop. The battle for the utility role may ultimately come down to the final days of the Grapefruit League slate.

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    • Robertson and the Rays agreed to a one-year, $1.025 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Robertson struggled with injury and underperformance last season. In 74 big-league games, he managed just two homers while posting a poor .213/.312/.295 slash line.

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    • Robertson failed to make the Rays' ALDS roster. Robertson made the wild-card squad against lefty Sean Manaea, but the Rays will carry more left-handed bats against a righty-heavy Astros rotation. Willy Adames, Yandy Diaz and Matt Duffy are the team's only right-handed infielders.

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