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Tampa Bay Rays

January 22, 2011 by staff 

Tampa Bay Rays, (CP) – Former Mets outfielder Chris Carter from New York is one of five players to have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Defending champions AL East announced Friday that Carter, right-handed pitcher Jonah Bayliss and Dirk Hayhurst and infielders Ray Olmedo Daniel Mayora and has also received invitations to the formation of major league spring.

The 28-year-old Carter has appeared in 100 games with the Mets in 2010. He hit .263 with four homers and 24 RBIs.

Bayliss spent part of three seasons in the majors Kansas City and Pittsburgh, and career Hayhurst includes brief periods of majors with San Diego and Toronto.

Mayora increased from 2010 in Double-A Tulsa in the Colorado Rockies organization. Olmedo has played parts of five seasons in the majors with Cincinnati and Toronto.

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(AP) – Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are becoming teammates, this time in Tampa Bay.

The two outfielders free agent has agreed to one-year contracts with the Rays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday evening. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements were subject to medical examinations and had not been announced.

Damon gets to 5.25 million and the opportunity to earn bonus and 750,000 depending on attendance, the person said. Ramirez is $ 2 million.

The moves mark the first major additions to the AL East champions after a devastating offseason in which a major player after another left the Bay of cost reduction Tampa.

Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena and Rafael Soriano signed elsewhere as free agents. Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett were exchanged. A bullpen was depleted by the loss of Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Dan Wheeler, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls.

Damon and Ramirez played together for four years in Boston and helped lead the Red Sox as the 2004 World Series – ending the drought of the championship team of 86. The two colorful characters are well beyond their premiums, but if nothing else they could at least give an attraction at Tropicana Field for a team of rays, which drew only 1.86 million fans last year.

The Chicago White Sox then claimed the 38-year-old Ramirez began last season with the Dodgers in Los Angeles, on waivers at the end of the summer. He hit a combined 0298 with nine homers and 42 RBIs last season in 45 million and a two-year contract he signed with the Dodgers.

Hampered by injuries, the long hitter had 320 at bats in 90 games. Another threat to power, it will probably be a designated hitter for the Rays.

Ramirez career took a downward turn in May 2009 when he was suspended 50 games for using a banned drug female fertility.

The 12-time All-Star has 555 channels, good for 14 on the list of career, and 1830 RBIs, which ranks 18th. He also helped Boston win the World Series in 2007, and then was traded to the Dodgers next season.

The 37-year Damon spent last season with the Detroit Tigers, batting .271 with eight homers and 51 RBIs, mostly DH. The weakness of the armies in left field and not stolen base threat he once was, Damon remains very strong – he played 145 games last year and hit 36 doubles in 539 at-bats.

Damon, who is close to Orlando, can pad his salary by making a difference at the door. He would get $ 150,000 each for 1.75 million, 1.85 million, 1.95 million, 2.05 million and 2.15 million in attendance at home.

A two-time All-Star, Damon spent four years with the New York Yankees and helped them win the World Series in 2009. They let him go as a free agent and signed an agreement and $ 8 million a year with Detroit.

AP Sports Writer Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report.

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