More on latest signings, Scott's possible return
From today's print edition:
ST. PETERSBURG - As the Rays continue the search for a DH that looks like it may bring them back to Luke Scott , they added some depth, and interesting storylines, Tuesday by signing several veterans to minor-league contracts with spring training invites.
Among the additions:
OF Shelley Duncan, who has a place in Rays lore as the catalyst to Part 2 of the 2008 spring training dust-up with the Yankees when he slid high and hard in Aki Iwamura , prompting RF Jonny Gomes t o charge in. Duncan, 33, the son of former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, hit .203 with 11 homers in 81 games last season for Cleveland.
RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, who pitched well for the Marlins as Leo Nunez before being caught in an age and identity fraud, saving 92 games from 2009-11. Oviedo, 30, injured his elbow in the minors last season after being reinstated from an eight-week suspension and had Tommy John surgery, which will keep him out most of this season. The Rays hold a 2014 option.
Also, RHPs Jamey Wright, 38, a 17-year big-league veteran who spent last season with the Dodgers (5-3, 3.72) and has averaged 60-plus appearances since being a full-time reliever in 2008, and Juan Sandoval , 31, who reached Triple A with Seattle and Milwaukee and spent the past two seasons in Mexico.
The Rays' DH options were reduced when Delmon Young agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies for $750,000 with incentives that reportedly could push the total value to around $3.25 million.
Scott spent 2012 with the Rays, and both sides have continued to express mutual interest in a reunion. Other free-agent options include Travis Hafner, Aubrey Huff, Dan Johnson, Carlos Lee, Juan Rivera and Jim Thome. Trade options include Jason Kubel and Mike Carp.
- Marc Topkin, Times staff writer