Tampa Bay Rays sign Adam Moore and Dan Runzler, invite 5 more to camp
Rays sign two to minor league deals as spring training approaches
The Tampa Bay Rays have announced a small slew of minor moves as they signed two players to minor league deals. The Rays signed left-handed pitcher Dan Runzler and catcher Adam Moore, and also announced several more non-roster invitees into camp.
Runzler, 32, made his return to the majors in 2017 with the Pittsburgh Pirates after spending 2013 to 2016 in the minor leagues with a couple of different teams. Before his prolonged minor league run, Runzler pitched for the San Francisco Giants from 2009 to 2012, appearing in a total of 89 games.
Moore, 33, has played in parts of eight major league seasons from 2009 to 2016. He spent all of the 2017 season with the Cleveland Indians in Triple-A, slashing .238/.313/.369 with 8 HR over 76 games. Moore was originally a 6th round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners during the 2006 draft and made his MLB debut with them during the 2009 season, after that season he would be named the 3rd best prospect in the Mariners system and 83rd overall by Baseball America.
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To go along with the couple of minor league signings, per Marc Topkin the Rays also announced they have invited left-handed pitcher Kyle Bird, right-handed pitcher Edwin Fierro, catcher Brett Sullivan, second baseman Jake Cronenworth, and infielder Grant Kay to spring training.
Per a team press release, the Rays will enter spring training with one of the youngest rosters in baseball. Only four players on the current 40-man roster have turned 30 years old: outfielder Denard Span (turns 34 on February 27), right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe (31), left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings (30) and catcher Wilson Ramos (30). All four are likely to make the Opening Day roster.
The club will enter the 2018 season with a streak of 560 games started by a pitcher under the age of 30.