Marlins Braves BaseballThe Rays filled their bullpen vacancy by signing Jeff Bennett, who was recently released by the Braves. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays released James Houser, who had recently been demoted to the bullpen.

The Rays have claimed righthanded reliever Jeff Bennett on waivers from the Braves and signed him to a major league contract. He replaces righty reliever Joe Nelson, who was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

Bennett, 29, went 2-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 33 games for the Braves before going on the DL June 25 with a fracture to his non-throwing hand. After a brief rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett, he was released Thursday.

Bennett asked the Braves to be released after his DL stint which came about after punching a wall with his left hand. Bennet was a 19th-round pick by the Pirates in 1998 and has pitched in the big leagues in parts of four seasons.

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  1. HARBORGAL says:

    Interesting Stats (as of 8/1/2009):
    Pat Burrell:
    STATS SUMMARY
    G AB R H HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    72 244 27 55 7 38 39 71 .225 .333 .365 .698

    Jonny Gomes:
    STATS SUMMARY
    G AB R H HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    52 135 20 38 11 25 16 44 .281 .372 .578 .950

    Just think - we could have kept Jonny, gotten more HRs with a higher average, OBP, SLG & OPS, and had the $ to sign V-Mart.

    I'm just sayin' . . . .

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    • Amanda says:

      And if Gomes was here, who's to say he has the same exact stats. He wouldn't be the everyday DH or an everyday player like he is in Cincy. Those are stats facing AL pitching for one, and stats facing NL pitching for another. If Gomes was a DH, who's to say he wouldn't gain weight and lose focus like Burrell has. And, in this day and age, who's to say Gomes isn't getting ilicet help. (Please don't take that as saying I know he's juicing, or even *think* that ... it's just a sad reality in this day and age that you have to consider when someone improves that much. Of course, it could also mean that Burrell *stoped* using ilicet help.)

      It's compaing apples to oranges.

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