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Dan Johnson, whose dramatic pinch-hit homer in the 2011 regular-season finale helped the Rays reach the playoffs, has signed a Minor League contract with the White Sox, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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The Chicago White Sox have signed first baseman Dan Johnson to a minor league deal on Wednesday, according to the St. Petersburg Times.Johnson is best known for the three-run home run he hit on the final day of the regular season last year against the New York Yankees that led to a playoff birth for the Tampa Bay Rays.The 32-year-old hit .119 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 84 at bats last season.
In 18 days, the Tampa Bay Rays will head to Port Charlotte with an unusual dilemma on their hands or, in this case, arms.
They have too many of them.
Barring any late deals before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 20, the Rays will open camp with six possibly even seven starters on the roster: James Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis, Matt Moore...
In case you missed it earlier in the week, here is Part 1 of our rookie preview. Today we will examine the upper echelon of pitching prospects for the 2012 season.
SP: Matt Moore, Rays
Contrary to most adolescent arms, Moore's name is recognized by most hardball enthusiasts as a result of a seven-inning shutout performance against the Rangers in Game 1...
Russ CanzlerOn Tuesday morning the Indians announced that they acquired infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. The Rays had designated him for assignment on January 27th after they signed infielder Jeff Keppinger, and he is now on the Indians 40-man roster. He assumed the spot vacated by Fausto Carmona who was put on the restricted list...
Two people familiar with the talks say the Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman.
Kotchman, who batted a career-best .306 for Tampa Bay last season, will make $3 million this season, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Kotchman can make an additional $1.75...
The Cleveland Indians signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a one-year contract Thursday.
The deal is worth $3 million for the 28-year-old Kotchman, who batted a career-high .306 with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays last season.
A strong defensive player, the left-handed hitting Kotchman appeared in a career-high 146 games last season.
He has a lifetime batting...
The Pirates announced today that veteran reliever Juan Cruz has signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training.
Cruz, 33, pitched for the Rays last season and posted a 3.88 ERA in 48 2/3 innings. Throughout his 11 season career, he has a 9.1 K/9 ratio and has served as a pretty good setup man.
Many people say he could end up being this year’s version...
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann goes before a three-person panel today for a salary arbitration hearing.
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Casey Kotchman, who hit a career-high .306 last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, accepted a one-year, $3 million deal Thursday from the Indians.
Right-hander Juan Cruz, a valuable member of Tampa Bay's bullpen last season, has been signed to a Minor League contract by the Pirates, a deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training.
The Tampa Bay Rays like his ability to hit left-handers. Manager Joe Maddon likes Scott's ability grind out an at-bat and play hard.
Juan Cruz, 33, went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief outings last season for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander also has pitched in the majors for the Chicago Cubs, Altana Braves, Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league contract and will invite him to spring training. The 33-year-old Cruz went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief appearances with Tampa Bay last season. He's previously pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Kansas City Royals.