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Rays sign outfielder Jason Bourgeois to minors deal

Dec 6, 2012, 12:38 AM EDT

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As noted by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have signed outfielder Jason Bourgeois to a minor league contract. It does not come with an invitation to spring training, meaning the 30-year-old has little chance of cracking the Opening Day roster.

Bourgeois hit .258/.303/.323 with no home runs and five RBI in 66 plate appearances this summer for the Royals. They designated him for assignment shortly after the season and he elected free agency.

The 30-year-old has a .630 career OPS in the bigs.

  1. stex52 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Great field, great speed, not much hit. A decent defensive replacement for one of those lumbering big-hitting outfielders in the late innings and a great pinch runner. Sort of a poor man’s Michael Bourn. He may catch on.

    • mattyflex - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      I know where he came from, and I understand he was kind of a “fan favorite” down your way, but I think “decent defensive replacement” might be a little much. I saw him live throw a ball with all his strength from the right field wall that bounced four times before it got to second. He throws like he has a wet noodle for an arm. His range was good, but his ball routes were a little shaky. He does have great speed, as you mentioned.

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