Tampa Bay Rays add Damon and Ramirez

To say that it’s been a tough off-season for the Tampa Bay Rays would be a complete understatement. Since winning the American League Eastern Division, Tampa Bay has seen the team lose star outfielder Carl Crawford, slugger Carlos Pena, pitchers Rafael Soriano, Matt Garza and second baseman Jason Bartlett, to name just a few. On Saturday, Tampa Bay fans could finally rejoice as the team, who are trying to cut salary, finally added two powerful bats in outfielder Johnny Damon and DH Manny Ramirez. Even though both players are way past their prime there is no question that they can still post some power numbers. Besides powerful bats, both Damon and Ramirez bring lots of intangibles, as both won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox back in 2004. Damon, who is 37, was with the Detroit Tigers last year and hit for a respectable .271 average with eight home runs and 51 RBI’s. Damon agreed to a one year 5.25 million dollar contract plus bonuses. For his career Damon, who has played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tigers has registered 2,571 career hits with 215 home runs, 1047 RBI’s and a .287 average. meanwhile Ramirez, who will be 39 in May posted his worst power numbers last year with only nine home runs and 42 RBI’s in a season split between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. It was an injury prone season for Ramirez who had only 265 at bats. He agreed to a one year deal worth two million. In his 18 year career Ramirez, who has played for the Cleveland Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers and White Sox, has registered 555 career home runs, 1.830 RBI’s and a .313 batting average.

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