The Rays officially announced the signing of Carlos Pena [video of the press conference via Tampa Bay Times is below]. And the Rays posted billboards throughout the area welcoming El Gato back to the team.
But more importantly, as we have been speculating for weeks, Justin Ruggiano has been designated for assignment.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Ryan Theriot, whom we mentioned yesterday, would prefer to remain in the NL unless he can find a starting job in the AL. He would get occasional starts with the Rays, but he would likely have to share middle infield duties with others. [Fox Sports]
- Our old friend Dick Vitale is “crushed” by what is happening with the Bucs head coaching search. [BI Sports]
- So when Dickie V reads this, he is not going to be happy. [Joe Bucs Fan]
- New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine commented on facing Matt Moore. [Biscuit Crumbs]
- We might have linked to this before, but here is a Q&A with Tim Beckham, who is suddenly back on the prospect radar. [MiLB]