The Rays have signed four player to minor league contracts including three players with Major League experience. All four players also received invitations to spring training.
Among the players signed are catcher Ali Solis, infielder Ray Olmedo, and third baseman/outfielder James Darnell, who all last appeared in the big leagues in 2012.
Olmedo was formerly in the Rays organization and participated in spring training with the Rays in 2011. He spent the 2009 and 2011 seasons with the Durham Bulls. He has hit .230 with a .273 OBP in parts of six seasons. In 2013 he hit .234 with a .316 OBP in triple-A for the Twins.
Darnell played 25 games in 2011 and 2012 combined with the Padres, hitting .226 with two home runs. He played just 15 games in 2013 due to a shoulder injury, all at triple-A. He has a career .394 OBP in the minors.
Solis has just four plate appearances in the big leagues, all in 2012 with the Padres. He spent the 2013 in the Pirates organization where he hit .179 with a .231 OBP in just 29 games.
In addition, the Rays also signed right-handed reliever Santiago Garrido who spent the 2013 season in double-A and triple-A in the Royals’ organization.