Guilder Rodriguez has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, meaning that he will be back in the system for the 2015 system.
Rodriguez, you may recall, was a big feel-good story for 2014 for the Rangers. The 31 year old minor league lifer has been playing minor league ball since 2002, and had been with the Rangers since 2009, but had never made it to the majors. He has spent the majority of his time in pro ball in AA, and has adopted the role of leader and mentor to younger players who are coming up through the system, particularly Latin American players.
Rodriguez was rewarded for his hard work and perseverance with a promotion to the majors in September, 2014. He ended up getting a pair of singles, including an RBI, in 14 plate appearances, and watching his family cheering in the stands when he picked up his first major league hit was one of the most memorable moments of 2014.
Rodriguez will probably be in Frisco in 2015, playing anywhere in the field he's needed, pitching an inning or two in a pinch, and providing guidance for some of the young studs who are working their way up to the major leagues.