Tampa Bay Rays re-sign outfielder Gabe Kapler
The Tampa Bay Rays re-signed outfielder Gabe Kapler to a one-year deal for $1,050,000.
"I'm more than excited,'' Kapler said from California. "I love the people in the clubhouse, I love the organization. ... I believe next year is going to be better no matter what, just the way things broke last year. 2010 I'm confident will be a much better year from the team perspective and I really have a great deal of confidence I'll be able to help the team achieve great things.''
Kapler, 34, hit. 239 with 8 homers and 32 RBIs overall in 99 games, but his production against lefthanded pitchers is what the Rays were most interested in - .276 with all 8 homers and 30 of his RBIs, plus a .379 on-base percentage (26 walks, 23 strikeouts) and .931 OPS.
Kapler got a slight raise of $49,982 from his 2008 salary $1,000,018.
- MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer