Rays claim OF/1B Jerry Sands off waivers from Pirates
The Rays made a move Monday that'll likely improve their depth, claiming OF/1B Jerry Sands off waivers from the Pirates.
Sands, a 26-year-old right-handed hitter, played in 70 big-league games for the Dodgers in 2011-2012, hitting .244 with four homers and 27 RBIs. He was part of the blockbuster Dodgers-Red Sox deal in 2012 involving Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, heading to Boston before getting dealt to Pittsburgh later in that season.
Sands spent all of 2013 with the Pirates Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis and batted .207 with 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 106 games. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder showed some pop in the minor leagues, racking up 35 homers (Single-A-Double-A) in 2010, 29 in 2011 and 26 in 2012 (Triple-A).
Sands will be added to the 40-man roster (Rays are at 39), and is a candidate to provide depth for the Rays at Triple-A Durham. He's played all three outfield spots in his brief-big league career, as well as first base.
Sands will also have a familiar place in the Rays clubhouse, as he's good friends and former high school rivals of RHP Chris Archer, who grew up in the same Clayton, N.C. area. Archer said the two were co-conference player of the year in baseball in 2005, and "also duked it out on the gridiron."