Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Minor League Signings

Tampa Bay RaysAccording to Matt Eddy, the Rays have signed RHP Doug Salinas, SS Ray Olmedo, OF Ray Sadler, and re-signed OF Jon Weber, all to minor league contracts. Salinas, who just turned 20 on December 5th, spent the past three seasons in the Seattle Mariners organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent on July 11, 2005, out of Venezuela. Last year he had a 5.53 ERA in 57.0 IP with a 55/29 SO/BB ratio for the Mariners short-season A affiliate in the Northwest League.

Olmedo is a 27 year old SS who played for the Washington Nationals AAA affiliate in 2008, putting up a line of .252/.292/.340 in 353 AB. Also a Venezuelan, he was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a non-drafted free agent on January 21, 1999, and has accumulated 403 major league at-bats over five seasons for the Reds and Toronto Blue Jays.

Sadler is a 28 year old outfielder originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of the 1999 draft. He has played in the Cubs, Pirates, and Astros organizations. In 2008 he split time between the Astros AA and AAA affiliates, going .290/.366/.514 in 107 AB in AA and .267/.315/.530 in 345 AB in AAA. He had eight major league at-bats over three games for the Pirates in 2005.

Weber is a 30 year old outfielder who spent all of last season with the Durham Bulls, putting up a line of .265/.334/.447 in 389 AB. Since originally signing as a non-drafted free agent with the Cincinnati Reds on August 2, 1999, he has played in the Reds, Oakland A's, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and Rays organizations and in the independent Frontier and Northern leagues.

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