Rays designate DH Burrell for assignment

Burrell struck out 28 times in just 84 at-bats this season with the Rays. (Pic via cbc.ca)

Pat the Bat is looking for a new home after being designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays late Friday.

Burrell, who signed a two-year, $16 million dollar deal with the Rays before the start of last season, hit a woefully pathetic .204 with two homers and 13 RBIs in limited playing time this season.

The Rays re-called Hank Blalock from Triple-A and could look to trade the former Texas Rangers star, who had a good spring and was hitting the ball well in the minors.

Blalock would be a good fit in Seattle as a replacement for one Ken Griffey Jr.

Burrell isn’t likely to find work, at least not right away. After a banner season in 2008, he hit just .221 with 14 homers and 64 RBIs in 2009. His inability to play the outfield makes him a designated hitter who can’t hit–not exactly an attractive commodity.

If a Major League team does sign Burrell, the Rays will be saddled with paying all but $400,000 of the remaining $9 million he is owed.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Dye remains on the market. Dye has reportedly drawn some interest, including from the Chicago White Sox, but apparently wants at least $3 million dollars to come out of semi-retirement.

Not gonna happen, J.D.


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