The Rays have released Leslie Anderson according to Joe Smith.
This move comes four years after Anderson signed a $3.75 million contract. However, the Cuban defector spent the last four seasons at triple-A Durham and never made it to the big leagues.
Anderson, a first baseman and outfielder, did have decent numbers at triple-A, hitting .301 with a .364 OBP over the last two seasons. However, he had no speed (7 stolen bases in 4 seasons), very little power for a first baseman (14 HR in 2013), and the general consensus is that he doesn’t have the bat speed to sustain his batting average at the big league level.
According to Smith, Anderson will now pursue opportunities in Asia.