Rays sign three to minor league deals
The Rays have officially announced they've signed three players to minor league deals - C Craig Albernaz, OF Jason Bourgeois and RHP J.D. Martin - inviting each to major league spring training
They've also invited four of their minor leaguers, RHPs Marquis Fleming and Kirby Yates, LHP Adam Liberatore and C Mark Thomas - to big-league camp.
Albernaz, 30, will be in his fifth straight spring in Rays camp, splitting last season with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.
Bourgeois, 30, hit .258 in 30 games with the Royals last season, having spent parts of five seasons in the majors
Martin, 30, went 6-9 wiht a 5.95 ERA for Triple-A New Orleans in the Marlins system.
- JOE SMITH