Sean Rodriguez emerging as possible fit for Blue Jays

MLB insider Shi Davidi tells Dean Blundell & Co. why Sean Rodriguez might be a perfect fit for the Blue Jays, and why the loss of both Bautista and Encarnacion would mean the club could be creative at the draft.

TORONTO — The versatile and hard-hitting Sean Rodriguez is emerging as a possible fit for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Much like Steve Pearce, another free agent the Blue Jays have looked into, Rodriguez is a right-handed hitter who can serve as a complement to Justin Smoak at first base and in the outfield.

The 31-year-old offers even more positional flexibility than Pearce, having played at every spot but pitcher and catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016, hitting 18 home runs in 352 plate appearances with an .859 OPS.

Having spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays before being traded to Pittsburgh two winters ago, he’s also familiar with the AL East.

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