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    Rays sign Dan Johnson

    The Rays reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth about $500,000 with first baseman Dan Johnson on Monday.

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    Rays avoid arb with Howell, Garza and Bartlett

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday signed one-year deals with shortstop Jason Bartlett and pitchers Matt Garza and J.P. Howell, team officials said.

    The Rays avoided salary arbitration with each with the contracts.
    Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent LHP Stepan Havlicek.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-20-2010 at 03:31 PM.

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    Rays sign Colina

    C Alvin Colina, who has three years Triple-A experience and two 2006 games with the Rockies, will join the spring roster after signing a minor-league deal.

    They also re-signed Rashad Eldridge.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 01-25-2010 at 06:23 PM.

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    Rays sign former 1st overall pick Matt Bush

    The Rays signed pitcher Matt Bush to a minor league deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

    Bush, now 24, was the first overall pick by the Padres in the 2004 draft. A shortstop at the time, Bush's signability pushed him past Stephen Drew, Jered Weaver, and Jeff Niemann on Kevin Towers' list. He was arrested on felony assault charges weeks after the draft, resulting in a suspension. Injuries hampered his progress, and the Padres converted him to pitching in May of '07. He had Tommy John surgery later that year.

    Bush was charged with assault again in February of '09, and the Padres designated Bush for assignment and traded him to the Blue Jays. The Jays released him in April, and more incidents surfaced in June.

  5. #30

    Rays claim Ekstrom

    The Rays claimed reliever Mike Ekstrom off waivers from the Padres, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. He'd been designated for assignment a week ago to make room for Jon Garland.

    Ekstrom, 26, was done in by hits and home runs allowed in an 18.3-inning big league stint last year. At Triple A, he had a 1.73 ERA, 6.2 K/9, and 2.3 BB/9 in 62.3 innings.

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    Rays sign two

    ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have signed infielders Angel Chavez and J.J. Furmaniak to Minor League contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

    The Rays have won in their arbitration case over B.J. Upton, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. The 25-year-old will make $3MM in 2010 rather than the $3.3MM he was seeking.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 02-13-2010 at 06:53 PM.

  8. #33

    Rays sign Benoit

    PORT CHARLOTTE If Joaquin Benoit can pitch again like he did before his shoulder injury, he could make the Rays' already improved bullpen even better.

    The Rays are willing to take a low-risk look, signing Benoit to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

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    Rays sign Blalock

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Hank Blalock will get an opportunity to rekindle his career with the Tampa Bay Rays.

    The two-time All-Star agreed to a minor league contract and reported to spring training on Tuesday.

    SS Tim Beckham and LH Jake McGee were two of the three players sent to minor league camp by the Rays in their first round cuts Thursday afternoon.
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 03-12-2010 at 05:44 PM.

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