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Cuban defector Jose Ruiz signs with the Rangers after being released by the Rays

Jan 31, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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Cuban first basemen Jose Ruiz, who was released by the Rays in November as part of a unique contract stipulation, has signed a new deal with the Rangers.

Ruiz’s original agreement with the Rays was a minor-league deal that would become a four-year, $4 million contract if the Rays exercised that option by mid-November. They weren’t impressed with Ruiz while he hit .272 with one homer and a .709 OPS in 23 games at Double-A, so they declined the option and he became a free agent.

His new contract with the Rangers is simply a standard minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, with assistant general manager Thad Levine telling T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he’ll “probably start at Double-A or Triple-A, so we can get around him and see what he can do.”

  1. BC - Jan 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    .709 OPS? That’s really difficult to do even if you’re TRYING to suck.

    • billtpa - Jan 31, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      In 23 games, though? I bet if you put Pujols in AA for a few years you’d eventually find a 23-game stretch somewhere along the line where he OPSed around .709.

      OK, not Pujols. But, say, Ryan Howard.

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