A few hours after the festivities of Opening Day in Queens, the Mets agreed to minor league deal with Josh Rodriguez. The middle infielder will be assigned to the Las Vegas 51s.
The Mets and Rodriguez are no strangers to one another, as the 32-year-old spent 2012, 2013, and 2015 with the Mets organization, splitting time between Binghamton and Buffalo in 2012, and spending nearly all of 2013 and 2015 with Binghamton.
Rodriguez has seen little success at the major league level, as his only experience came in 2011 as a Rule 5 draft pick, during which he went 1-for-12 with an RBI, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch in seven games before being returned to the minor leagues.
Despite that, he has proven to be a good contributor at the minor league level, hitting .268/.356/.421 with 109 home runs and 1075 hits in 1,115 minor league games. He was very good during his time with the Mets, hitting .276/.348/.435 in 122 games between Binghamton and Buffalo in 2013. He hit .272/.371/.390 with a 115 wRC+ (127 games) in 2013, and .282/.367/.493 in 2015 (115 games), both in Binghamton.
He is unlikely to play that many games if he stays in Las Vegas, mostly because the middle infield is stacked with top prospects Amed Rosario and Gavin Cecchini, but he will play a key role if either player is called up to the Mets, if injuries occur, and on the occasional rest day for either player.
While he is unlikely to be seen in Queens this season (unless things go horribly awry), Rodriguez is set to be solid organizational depth for the 2017 season.