It's been three full seasons since the Rays acquired Sean Rodriguez from the Angels for Scott Kazmir. While the popular opinions tend to be that the Rays fared poorly in that trade, they have still come out on the winning side despite Sean Rodriguez never living up to his full potential.

Kazmir pitched well for the Angels down the stretch in 2009, but he flopped hard in the playoffs (2 games, 10 innings pitched, 7.59 ERA) and his Angels career just went downhill from there. He ended up costing the Angels $20 million and performed like a replacement level pitcher over the following two seasons, while the Rays have received a total of +5 wins in value from Sean Rodriguez over the past three years. He may not be the slugging middle infielder that we were all hoping he'd become, but that doesn't mean the trade was a waste. In fact, Rodriguez has contributed plenty of value to the Rays through his positional flexibility, above average defense, and lefty-mashing.

That said, Rodriguez is walking on thin ice this season. His offense has worsened every year that he's been in the majors, hitting a nadir last season at 29 percent below average (.269 wOBA). He's still cheap, under team control, and provides great flexibility off the bench, but on the Rays' current roster, he's become highly replaceable.

At second base, the Rays have an absurd amount of depth: Ben Zobrist will likely start their most days, but Kelly Johnson and Ryan Roberts can both play there as well. At shortstop, Ben Zobrist proved last season that he can be an adequate backup if Yunel Escobar needs some time off. And in the outfield, the Rays have a multitude of options as well: Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, Sam Fuld, Kelly Johnson, and (yet again) Ben Zobrist. The Rays even have multiple backups at third base, considering both Kelly Johnson and Ryan Roberts can play third if needed.

With this much depth already on the roster, there's really only one spot for Rodriguez: as a platoon mate for James Loney at first base. He'll likely find some time onto the field at other positions as well, but unless his bat rebounds considerably, Rodriguez could find himself as the last man off the bench.