Jeff Niemann is tall.
Other obvious facts:
- The sun is hot.
- Antarctica is cold.
He’s twice the man..
Matt Mangini released from Durham and Conrad clears waivers and accepts Triple A assignment.
vs the Gwinett Braves 08.03.12
Evan Longoria signs autographs for Bulls fans pregame
On the way back.
Taylor Guerrieri, 24th overall pick and our top draft pick in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft, will be making his first pro start tonight with the Hudson Valley Renegades.
01/25 pictures of Kyle Farnsworth
Hideki Matsui went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI on Wednesday in his first extended spring training game.
Matsui finalized a minor league deal with the Rays last week and should be added to the Triple-A Durham roster within the next few days. The 37-year-old will to have to earn his way back to the big leagues.
Cesar Ramos recalled.
Gomes spent 5 games with us, with a 1-1 record and a 7.71 ERA.
Ramos has been doing well in Durham, pitching 12 games with a 2-1 record and a 1.69 ERA.
Juan Cruz, who went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA for us last season, signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates.
The Rays signed three new players to Minor League deals today, Will Rhymes, Jesus Feliciano and Romulo Sanchez. MLBTR posted this
The Rays signed second baseman Will Rhymes, outfielder Jesus Feliciano and right-handed reliever Romulo Sanchez to minor league deals, Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweets. Rhymes, 28, spent parts of the past two seasons with the Tigers, who non-tendered him in December.
Rhymes, who’s listed at 5’9” and 155 pounds, owns a .283/.341/.370 line in 312 MLB plate appearances. He was far more impressive at the plate in 2010 than in 2011, when his batting average on balls in play dropped by 50 points.
Feliciano made his MLB debut with the Mets in 2010, soon after his 31st birthday. He posted a .563 OPS in 119 plate appearances and spent the 2011 campaign in the minors. Sanchez, 27, spent last year in Japan and has MLB experience with the Pirates and Yankees.
I like these signings, especially Rhymes and Feliciano. Both have the potential to add a lot of depth to the team and will help out a lot down the stretch. I think Rhymes being signed may point to Elliot Johnson being trade or release bait. The offensive numbers, though small, look very appealing, especially for Rhymes. Sanchez doesn’t have that big of a size of MLB work to go off of, but he could pay off. It’s all low risk so it doesn’t matter one way or another.
Rays catcher Nevin Ashley cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. The Rays had designated the 27-year-old for assignment five days ago. He posted a .263/.358/.384 line in 444 plate appearances for the Rays’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates in 2011. Ashley, a 2006 sixth rounder, has a .260/.353/.378 line in parts of six pro seasons.
Remember when BJ Upton used to play shortstop?