Rodriguez missed all of last season after being suspended for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. With Chase Headley slated to be the team's starting third baseman, Rodriguez will compete for at-bats as a designated hitter and could see some time behind Headley at third and Mark Teixeira at first.
Teixeira told reporters that Rodriguez will fit just fine at first.
"I think what will make Alex have a shorter learning curve is his baseball IQ," Teixeira said, per Newsday. "He'll be fine over there."
Rodriguez, who will turn 40 in July, hit .244/.348/.423 over 156 at-bats back in 2013. He will begin early workouts on Saturday.Analysis:
Freese hopes getting in shape will allow him to be more agile at third base and avoid being pulled from games for defensive reasons.
“I want to be on the field,” Freese said. “I know I can play a full nine innings and 162 games. We’ll see how it goes. I’m excited about this year, how I feel being out there. If I’m feeling good, it’s going to help me help the team.”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia also appears hopeful Freese being in better shape will pay dividends.
“There is no doubt that he looks in great shape,” Scioscia said. “He is lighter. How it translates to his play, we’re going to have to see. In drills, he’s moving very well. He’s moving better than he did last year. We’ll see how it shows up in games. I imagine it’s going to be very positive.”Analysis:
“It was very humbling,” Davidson said Thursday, per the Chicago Tribune. “Last year, this jersey with the Sox logo on it and my name on the back felt non-existent, like I would never reach it. To kind of come back here with the same number and see it, it’s a really cool experience, to just play this game of baseball. Last year, I felt like it was gone, which was a very scary feeling that I’ve never felt before. I took things for granted for sure.”
While last spring Davidson entered camp with a chance to win the starting job at third base that won't be the case this year with Conor Gillaspie entrenched as the starter. Davidson instead will focus on mechanics and thought processes rather taking a results-based approach.
“They still believe in me,” Davidson said. “I could be in a lot worse position than I am right now, so I understand that. I take that and all the positives I can because last year, it was negative first.”Analysis:
In his career, Valencia played left field in only five games in the minors. Colabello has logged 30 career games in the majors at left field.Analysis:
"I think here I have a better chance to play DH, a position," said Francisco, adding that he's comfortable at first or third base. "So I have better chances to play here, get some playing time with the Rays."
Francisco added his experience playing in the AL East last season with Toronto was also a factor in his decision to take the Rays offer over the other ones he had on the table.
"I feel more comfortable playing in the American League East. I know the league. I know the pitchers," Francisco said through an interpreter. "It's better for me to play in the American League because of the DH, so I have a better chance to play."Analysis:
"I like it," Cuthbert said of the position change, per MLB.com. "It's different. You have to really work to learn the double play at second. But it's been fun.
"I'll do whatever it takes. The main thing is just to get better overall as a player and everything else will take care of itself."
The 22-year-old Cuthbert hit .274 with 12 home runs, 24 doubles and 64 RBI in 121 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014.Analysis:
Holt indicated that he expects to be mostly used in the infield, despite the addition of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in the offseason and the emergence of Mookie Betts.
"I think kind of similar spot as last year, move around, give guys days off when they need them but be ready to play all the time," Holt said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to do that again and it's something I enjoyed last year and something I'm looking forward to doing again.
The majority of my [work] is probably going to be in the infield and then I'll definitely go out in the outfield and do some stuff," Holt said. "During [batting practice] it's easy to go out there and get some reads during BP, too. I'll probably spend most of my time in the infield but move around, depending on how I feel and how the day is going, move to do some outfield."Analysis:
"I just think there comes a time when it's just the right time for somebody new," Longoria said. While that may come off as an indictment of former manager Joe Maddon, Longoria stressed that is not the case. "That's no knock on Joe. Obviously he did so many great things for the franchise and so many great things for me as a player. But I guess all good things come to an end at some point."
Having Cash around should inject some excitement into the team, according to Longoria. "I think it's a great time for Kevin to be able to step in and kind of experience the sense of newness with a lot of people. And the guys who have been here are excited for what he's going to bring."
The 29-year-old hit .253/.320/.404 over 624 at-bats last year.Analysis:
“As a player, you experience different things in your career,” Headley said, per The Journal News. “And I’ve been around long enough that there’s been different sets of circumstances that I’ve dealt with, and this just another one. As far as a teammate, I expect him to be great. I’ve heard great things from other guys, and every interaction that I’ve had with him has been positive. Hopefully here in a few days everything will calm down and we’ll start talking about baseball, but you know, obviously you expect to answer the questions about him. But from my point of view, it’s business as usual.”
As far as their roles on the team, Headley is still expected to be the starting third baseman and Rodriguez will get most of his playing time at DH.
“For me to be here, I feel like (playing third base) is what made sense,” Headley said. “We established that early on (in offseason contact negotiations). There’s a lot of things that can happen over the course of a season. Obviously the more bodies that you have that can fill positions (is) great, but if I thought I was coming here to be a first baseman or a left fielder or whatever, I wouldn’t have came back. That wouldn’t have made sense for me or the Yankees.”Analysis:
Semien's biggest competition for the starting shortstop job is likely Eric Sogard.Analysis: