Thankful for opportunity I was given by the @Padres in 2011, but extremely excited about joining the @RaysBaseball ! ST in 4 week #getit
- Eddy Rodriguez (@EddyRodriguezU) January 14, 2014
Christian, 33, has played parts of three seasons in the Majors. He broke into The Show with the Yankees in 2008, hitting .250/.302/.325 in 24 games. He made it back to the Majors with the Giants in 2011 and '12, posting a combined .184/.236/.243 batting line in 52 games over two seasons.
A right-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions, Christian spent last year with the Cardinals' Triple-A Memphis affiliate and hit .270/.332/.353 with three homers, 29 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 107 games. He has put together strong career numbers at the Triple-A level, including a .301 average, .362 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage with 129 steals.
Rodriguez, 28, had been with the Padres organization since 2011. The right-handed hitter, a University of Miami product, hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat during his brief big league stint in 2012. He split last year between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson, batting a combined .231/.271/.374 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 83 games.
Last spring, Padres manager Bud Black described Rodriguez as "a good, fundamentally sound catcher" who "understands the pitcher-catcher relationship" and "still has a desire to be a Major League player."
The Rays previously announced nine non-roster invitees: catcher Roman Ali Solis, infielders Jayson Nix and Ray Olmedo, outfielders James Darnell and Jerry Sands and pitchers Santiago Garrido, Mark Lowe, Victor Mateo and Sam Runion.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.