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Tampa Bay adds a less than free agent
2006-12-15 12:58
by Bob Timmermann

The Devil Rays got a player to sign with them, the old-fashioned way, by giving him the option of "our way or the highway". Former Yakult Swallows third baseman Akinori Iwamura agreed to a three-year contract with Tampa Bay after the Devil Rays put up the highest bid for him.

The Devil Rays bid $4.55 million for Iwamura.

The last posted Japanese player who has not settled his contract situation yet is Kei Igawa (Hanshin Tigers pitcher), who is working out a deal with the Yankees.

The Devil Rays had a waiver claim on pitcher Bobby Livingston revoked yesterday and the Commissioner's Office awarded Livingston to the Reds instead. The Devil Rays were ruled to have made an improper claim because they immediately traded Livingston to Philadelphia after the waiver claim. Which apparently isn't something you can do.

2006-12-15 13:17:24
1.   Eric Enders
Can we also get MLB to revoke the Pierre signing while we're at it?
2006-12-15 14:09:03
2.   mehmattski
So where is B.J. Upton going to play next year? Can they just put him, Baldelli, Crawford, Young, and Dukes all in the outfield at the same time?
2006-12-15 16:50:01
3.   Greg Brock
They're gonna try to put Dukes at first base and DH.

If he doesn't kill somebody first.

2006-12-15 20:35:50
4.   Yu-Hsing Chen
The D-rays should trade one of their non-catcher fielders. it would make sense if they could get a stud young pitcher for Baldelli, i thought they probably shoulda tried to do it before the ridiculas Pierre/Matthews signings though.

They're either going to play Iwamura at 3rd or 2nd. though in reality moving Bj Upton AGAIN is not a great idea.

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