Jul 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT
Tampa Bay released Hank Blalock today after designated him for assignment last week.
Blalock earned a shot with the Rays by signing a minor-league deal this spring and hitting .349 in 26 games at Triple-A, but then hit just .254/.319/.349 in 69 plate appearances before they smartly ditched him in favor of Matt Joyce.
Blalock is just one season removed from smacking 25 homers, but was actually a well below average hitter in 2009 despite the good power and will likely have to settle for another minor-league at this point even though he’s still only 29 years old.
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