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Rays ink minor league deals with Shelley Duncan, Jamey Wright and Juan Carlos Oviedo

Jan 22, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have agreed to minor league contracts with outfielder Shelley Duncan and right-handed pitchers Jamey Wright and Juan Carlos Oviedo.

Duncan batted just .203/.288/.388 in 264 plate appearances last season with the Indians. The 33-year-old does have some power but seems highly doubtful to crack the Rays’ Opening Day roster.

Wright, on the other hand, could find a spot in middle relief. He posted a 3.72 ERA (aided by an impressive 67.3% groundball rate) in 67 2/3 innings last summer with the Dodgers. The 38-year-old faced a total of 306 batters in 2012 and allowed only two home runs.

Oviedo — formerly known as Leo Nunez — underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September and is not expected to be fully recovered from that procedure until the very end of the 2013 campaign. His particular minor league deal includes a club option for the 2014 season.

  1. paint771 - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Good deal on Oviedo. I still think he could be a very good late inning guy.

    • paint771 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      I should clarify: until he pulls off his Juan Carlos Oviedo mask and it’s actually been Heath Bell this whole time.

  2. sdelmonte - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Craig’s daughter is of course thrilled for Shelley.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Jamey Wright?

    Jesus, no one I actually had baseball cards of should still be playing.

    And am I the only one who always thought Jamey and Jaret were brothers? I know Wright is a common last name, but the totalitarianism of their names isn’t.

  4. hermie13 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Duncan is a nice minor league signing. Was better than Delmon Young this year (higher OPS+, better HR/AB rate, etc). Had a down 2012 but solid bench bat in 2010 and 2011.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Shelley will fight for his teammates too for what it’s worth. A good clubhouse guy to have.

  5. jashton11 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Between “Fausto Carmona” and “Leo Nunez,” the Rays must have decided that players with fake IDs are the new market inefficiency.

    • paint771 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Hey, I hear there’s a 42-year-old Dominican plumber the Rays could possibly trade for.

      Granted, it would take a lot of prospects to land Pujols, but worth considering.

  6. jarathen - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Wright is exactly the kind of pitcher the Rockies should be trying to land.

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