Rays sign Ernesto Frieri, designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment

The Rays have signed free agent releif pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $800,000.

Frieri can earn as much as $3.15 million in his new deal with the Rays if he can fulfill all of the incentives. The 29-year-old split time between the Angels and Pirates last season posting miserable 7.34 ERA in 48 games.

The Rays have had success in the past signing players off the scrap heap and turning them around and given the low cost of Frieri’s deal there is little risk here.

One player who will not be with the Rays this spring is infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez.

After years of playing the role of a utility player the Rays were simply not going to tender a contract to Rodriguez who was set for another raise. He is coming off a season in which he hit a mere .211/.258/.443 but he still boasts power hitting 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances in 2014.

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