The Rays made several moves today including picking up Carl Crawford’s option. The team also decided not to puck up the options for Gregg Zaun and Brian Shouse. None of these moves are surprising, however there was some suggestion that the Rays could have picked up Zaun’s option.
In addition, the Rays claimed pitcher Ramon Ramirez off of waivers from the Reds.
Crawford will make at least $10 million in 2010 depending on escalators that were built into his original deal. He could make as much as $11.5 million.
Zaun could still re-sign with the Rays at a rate cheaper than the $2.0 million option.
Ramirez is a 27-year old righty that has made 16 appearances (4 starts) in the last two years with the Reds. He has thrown 39.1 innings with 29 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 2.97 ERA (4.60 FIP).