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Tampa Bay Rays add reliever Abreu to spring training roster

There is an Abreu on the Rays' 60-man spring training roster, but it's not free agent outfielder Bobby. This Abreu is Winston, a 31-year-old right-handed reliever who has had stints with the Orioles (2006) and Nationals (2007), and spent last season in Japan.

The roster will undergo at least one more revision. Lefty reliever Brian Shouse is expected to be added Monday when results of his physical exam are complete and his one-year deal with an option is finalized, and a player is dropped from the 40-man roster to make room.

Blue Jays: Left-hander Ken Takahashi, 39, finalized a minor-league contract and was invited to spring training. He has spent his entire 14-year career in Japan.

Diamondbacks: Right-handed reliever Tom Gordon, 41, agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract. Gordon, 5-4 with a 5.16 ERA and two saves last season with the Phillies before right elbow inflammation put him out in July, can make $2.5 million in bonuses based on time on the active roster.

Dodgers: Lefty Randy Wolf, 32, agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract. Wolf was a combined 12-12 with a 4.30 ERA last year with San Diego and Houston. The Astros offered Wolf a $27 million, three-year contract in November, then withdrew the proposal a week later, citing the poor economy.

Mets: Reliever Pedro Feliciano avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.612 million.

Nationals: Pitcher Shawn Hill became the first player in the majors to go to a salary arbitration hearing this year, asking a panel to award him $775,000 rather than the team's $500,000 offer. The arbitrators are expected to issue a decision during the weekend.

Red Sox: Catcher Jason Varitek's new contract, agreed to last week, became official. It includes a $5 million salary for this year and for 2010, a player option of $3 million and a team option of $5 million.

Royals: Former third baseman Kevin Seitzer will replace Mike Barnett as hitting coach.

Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tampa Bay Rays add reliever Abreu to spring training roster 02/06/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 7, 2009 6:05am]
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