The Rays have claimed first baseman and outfielder Jerry Sands off of waivers from the Pirates according to Roger Mooney.
Sands spent the entire 2013 season in the minor leagues playing 106 games at the triple-A level. He hit .207 with a .311 OBP and seven home runs. He spent part of the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Dodgers, hitting .244 with a .325 OBP.
In essence, the Rays traded Chris Gimenez for Sands as Sands will take Gimenez’ spot on the 40-man roster. The Rays lost Gimenez to the A’s when they tried to sneak the catcher through waivers.
Here are some other odds and ends from the holiday week…
- The Rays have signed former big league reliever Jordan Norberto to a minor league deal. Norberto is recovering from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for the 2013 season and still must serve a 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. [MLBTR]
- Jamey Wright won’t be pitching for the Rays in 2014 as he has agreed to a 1-year, $1.8 million deal with the Dodgers. The Rays were considered the other finalist. [Jon Heyman]
- Sam Fuld has offers from five teams. All of the deals are minor league contracts with an invitation to Spring Training. The Rays appear to be one of the five teams. [MLBTR]
- Baseball Prospectus has released their list of the top 10 Rays prospects with Enny Romero in the top spot, followed by Jake Odorizzi, and Alex Colome. Baseball America has Odorizzi as the top prospect and Romero as just the fourth best prospect. [BaseballProspectus]
- Is David Price overrated? One writer makes an argument. [ESPN]
- The Bucs finished 4-12, tied for the 3rd worst record in the NFL, but they will have the 7th pick in the draft. Yay tiebreakers! [BI Sports]
- The Lightning will have a themed road trip, taking the idea from the Rays. The players will wear jerseys from teams they played on when they were younger. [TBO.com]