NEWBERG REPORT PLUS — JANUARY 16, 2008
Looks like Jason Botts, happily, isn’t in danger of ceding his roster spot to Jason Jennings.
In an article just posted on TexasRangers.com, T.R. Sullivan reports not only that the Rangers are expected to announce the signing of Jennings tomorrow – which will require the removal of another player from the 40-man roster – but also that the organization plans to give Botts a spring training look at first base, where he’ll have the opportunity to win a platoon job alongside Ben Broussard.
Botts played primarily first base in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004 in the minor leagues, but since that time he’d played only 18 games at first (in 2006 with Oklahoma), seeing the rest of his time in the outfield and at designated hitter.
Even if the club doesn’t opt to go into April with a Broussard-Botts platoon, if the 6’6” switch-hitter (who is out of options) plays a competent first base in camp then his versatility obviously gives him a significantly better chance of breaking camp with the club, rather than on the designation for assignment wire.