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Rays designate Pat Burrell

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 15, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Tampa Bay Rays are putting up a fight in the American League East, and this afternoon they cut bait on a bad free agent signing.

Pat Burrell was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for veteran Hank Blalock to be called up from Triple-A Durham. Burrell was hitting just .202 with two home runs, this after hitting .221 with 14 homers last year.

The Rays signed Burrell last season and he’s owed $9 million this year. It’s hard to imagine anyone claiming him and that salary off waivers.

In Blalock, the Rays had an experience backup waiting for a call-up. Blalock was hitting .349 with four home runs in Triple-A, and he has a solid big league track record that includes 25 home runs last year with Texas.

With the Red Sox fighting to stay above .500, the more interesting two-game series next week might not be the Monday and Tuesday games against Boston, it might be the Wednesday and Thursday games against the Rays.




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