|A crowd favorite in the Diamondbacks’ surprising 2011 playoff season, third baseman Ryan Roberts hadn’t been quite the lefty masher he had been in past seasons. Arizona designated the 31-year-old for assignment this week and found a taker in the Rays, who gave up Double-A infielder Tyler Bortnick for Roberts. The move allows the Diamondbacks to active utilityman John McDonald from the disabled list and also clears the way for Triple-A Reno third baseman Ryan Wheeler to pick up playing time down the stretch.
Tampa Bay figures to use “TatMan” in its platoon-heavy infield as it tries to fill the gaps until Evan Longoria returns to health. Roberts still produces against lefthanders, posting a .269/.327/.409 line this season after hitting them to the tune of .278/.392/.489 last season.
|Tyler Bortnick, 2b
Age: 24. Born: Jul 3, 1987 in Mentor, Ohio.
Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Coastal Carolina.
Career Transactions: Selected by Rays in 16th round of 2009 draft; signed June 12, 2009.
Bortnick has a profile that resembles Roberts’ minor league days in
A college shortstop, Bortnick fits better at second, which he has played exclusively the last two seasons, and a utility future is his best shot at the big leagues. With his .385 slugging percentage so far at Double-A Montgomery a career low, he likely lacks the power to be a big league regular and in many respects resembles current Diamondbacks farmhand Jake Elmore, who’s lighting up the Pacific Coast League at Triple-A Reno.
|Ryan Roberts, 3b
Age: 31. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Under contract for $2.0125 million this season, then arbitration-eligible for 2013-15 seasons.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.