The Rays today signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a minor league deal for $750 thousand. Kotchman, who played with the Mariners last year, is a career .259 hitter that hit 6 home runs in 96 games last year. He is considered an good defensive first baseman.
As a left-handed bat, it is hard to imagine the Rays have room on the roster for both Kotchman and Dan Johnson. The Rays are paying Johnson $1 million for the 2011 season.
The Rays also picked up Rob Delaney, a right-handed relief pitcher, who was placed on waivers last week by the Twins. Delaney, 26, struck out 10.35 batters per 9 innings in triple-A last year, with an excellent 4.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Delaney will be added to the 40-man roster, taking the final available spot. That means the Rays now need to move two players off the 40-man roster before making the Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez signings official.