Rays announce they signed C Bobby Wilson, OF Corey Brown and INF/OF Eugenio Velez to minor league deals with spring training invites.
Wilson, 32, played just two games last season at the major league level with the Diamondbacks, while hitting .267/.324/.341. It is unlikely that he spends much time, if any, in the majors next season. Brown played in three games for the Red Sox last season. The 29-year old hit .231/.294/.446, hitting 17 home runs in 357 at bats. He has good pop, though that's the really the only tool that he possesses. The most intriguing signing was of Eugenio Velez, who hit for a .309/.363/.441slash line, with seven home runs and 27 stolen bases over 441 at bats. He has speed, but unlike many other minor league speedsters, was able to hit for a solid average, though an inflated .356 BABIP can be partially attributed to his success at the plate (though he has a habit for always having a abnormally high BABIP, thanks to his speed). The 32 year old last played in the majors in 2011, but a good season in 2014 may earn him a couple of new chances in 2015.
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