Home for the holidays ...
St. Pete native Doug Waechter wasn't having much fun Christmas shopping on Friday but he was thrilled to not be going anywhere else to resume his career.
Waechter - who expects to be pitching in games by June following October shoulder surgery - signed a minor-league deal with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training.
Waechter struggled through a miserable 2006 season in the majors and at Triple-A but figures to do much better with the fraying in his labrum and rotator cuff now cleaned up. He expects to pitch for the Rays in the major leagues sometime during the 2007 season.