Rays add to catching depth, acquire Sucre from Mariners
The Rays added some catching depth to their spring roster, acquiring Jesus Sucre from the Mariners for cash or a player to be named.
Sucre, 28, spent parts of the last four seasons in the majors, compiling a .209 average and .522 OPS in 90 games. His most extensive playing time came in 2015, when he played in 50 games (43 starts) and hit .157. He played only nine big-league games last year after breaking his leg in winter ball.
Sucre is not on the 40-man roster, having been designated for assignment and then outrighted by the Mariners, and thus does not require the Rays to make space. Sucre was eligible for arbitration as a Super 2 and in December agreed to a deal that paid him $630,000 in the majors and $300,000 in the minors. He is considered a solid receiver and has a strong arm.
The Rays have Curt Casali, Luke Maile and Wilson Ramos, who is recovering from knee surgery and won't be ready to start the season, on the 40-man roster, and Michael McKenry in camp on a minor-league deal.