Rays add depth to spring roster with veteran relievers Carpenter, Rasmus
Seeking to improve their bullpen depth going into spring training, the Rays have added veteran right-handed relievers David Carpenter and Cory Rasmus on minor-league deals.
Both are somewhat familiar:
Carpenter, 31, signed with the Rays last spring after unexpectedly being released early in camp by Atlanta, but was released at the end of March, and ended up pitching briefly with the Angels' Triple-A team and in the independent Atlantic League. His last big-league action came in July 2015 with Washington. For his big-league career, he is 11-11, 3.66 in 218 games.
Rasmus, 29, is the younger brother of OF Colby Rasmus, whom the Rays signed earlier this week to a one-year, $5-million deal. Cory Rasmus, a first-round pick in 2006 by the Braves, has spent parts of the last four seasons with the Angels, posting a 4-5, 3.95 mark over 81 games, eight starts. During the same time, he was 6-4, 2.71 in 78 games at the Triple-A level.
The team has not yet annouced either signing.