Rays Designate Pat Burrell For Assignment
By Mike Axisa [May 15 at 11:45am CST]
The Rays have designated Pat Burrell for assignment, reports Tony Fabrizio of The Tampa Tribune. The move frees up a roster spot for Hank Blalock, who will join the team today.
Burrell, 33, has been a major disappointment since signing a two year, $16MM contract prior to last season. Brought in to help balance out the lineup against lefties, Burrell has hit just .218/.311/.361 in 572 plate appearances since signing. He's been even worse than that against southpaws, if you can believe it.
Tampa now has ten days to trade, release, or waive Pat the Bat, but they still owe him $9MM for this season.