Rays release Leslie Anderson
After investing four years and around $2 million in Cuban defector 1B Leslie Anderson, the Rays released him Friday so that he could pursue an opportunity in Asia.
Anderson, 31, hit .295 combined over the last four seasons in the minors, including spending the last three at Triple-A Durham, but never got a major-league call-up.
Anderson also had a .989 fielding percentage in his minor league career, where he played first base, rightfield and leftfield. When Anderson was signed, it was thought that he'd have some power potential, and he hit 54 homers over four seasons.
Rays manager Joe Maddon was impressed with Anderson during spring training, saying he looked like a different player than the one he previously saw. But after another solid Triple-A season and no major-league opportunity, it looks like Anderson found a chance to play more in Asia, and the Rays granted him his release.