Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays acquire Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia

BALTIMORE — The Rays made a low-risk move to try to bolster their injury-depleted outfield Friday by acquiring Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins.

Arcia, 25, was designated for assignment last week, his once promising prospect status eclipsed by a disappointing 2015 and a poor start to 2016, hitting .214 with four homers, 12 RBIs and a .658 OPS.

"Just another piece that we can maybe add and mix and match with," manager Kevin Cash said. "Hopefully a change of scenery will do him well and it'll do us well in the meantime."

Arcia, acquired for cash or a player to be named, will join the Rays today and get most of his playing time at DH and in rightfield. How long he stays could be determined by how he performs, with OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring strain) targeting a return from the DL next week and OF Steven Souza Jr. (hip strain) shortly thereafter.

RHP Steve Geltz, who Friday gave up his 10th homer of the season, was optioned to Triple-A Durham to make room. Earlier, RHP Andrew Bellatti, who has spent most of the season on the Durham disabled list, was designated for assignment to create 40-man roster space.

Signed out of Venezuela at age 16 in 2007, Arcia made it to the majors in 2013, hitting 14 homers with a .251 average in 97 games, then 20 the next year with a .231 average in 102 games. But he spent most of 2015 at Triple A, and was limited to bench duty this season.

"I know he's put together some pretty good seasons," Cash said. "He's a young player that's strong, can hit the ball out of the ballpark."

Arcia, a lefty swinger, is known for hitting better against right-handed pitching, for being a bit undisciplined at the plate and for not being a particularly adroit fielder.

BYE-BYE BELLATTI: Bellatti was a surprise contributor to the bullpen last season, but was sent down out of spring training and pitched only six timees before being sidelined with shoulder issues. The Rays have 10 days to trade, release or pass him through waivers.

"I thought Andrew did some good things for us last year, kind of came out of nowhere and put himself on the map," Cash said. "Hopefully we get an opportunity to keep him in the organization and see him bounce back a little bit and see where it goes."

OH DANNY BOY: RHP Danny Farquhar will be the 26th man added to the roster for today's doubleheader. Farquhar made the opening day roster, was sent down to Triple A on April 23, summoned for a one-day mid-May stint and then returned to Durham. In 23 games for the Bulls, he is 3-1, 4.38 with one save.

DOUBLE-DIPPING: The Rays are playing at 1:05 and 7:05 today, an April 9 rainout resulting in their 25th doubleheader (4-11-9), 20th day-nighter (3-7-9).

RHP Matt Andriese will start the matinee, with the Rays hoping to get 80-100 pitches. Andriese, who threw 36 over 12/3 innings in relief Wednesday, isn't sure how deep he can go having been shifted to the bullpen two weeks ago.

"I feel good, it's just hard to get into a routine going back and forth," Andriese said. "I haven't really done this in that short amount of time, even just throwing 12/3 the other day. … I'm just going to go out there and take it inning by inning and I'm sure they can see how I look and feel."

MISCELLANY: Guyer took batting practice, ran the bases and shagged balls Friday in Port Charlotte, and could start a rehab assignment as soon as today. … Cash moved SS Brad Miller down to the No. 5 spot to strengthen the middle of the order and DH Corey Dickerson up to second to try to get him on a roll, and he went 2-for-4.. … The Rays made official the previously reported signing of OF Jake Fraley, the LSU product taken 77th overall with a competitive balance pick.

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