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St. Petersburg native RHP Ryan Weber, C Johnny Monell, RHP Forrest Snow sign with Rays

The three additions will increase depth and options in spring training
Ryan Weber starred for Clearwater Central Catholic in 2017, now he signed with his hometown Rays. [JAMES BORCHUCK | TAMPA BAY TIMES (2007]
Published Jan. 27, 2018

The Rays added to their spring training depth  – and  potentially regular season options – in signing St. Petersburg-born RHP Ryan Weber, C Johnny Monell and RHP Forrest Snow to minor-league deals with camp invites.

Weber, 27, is a true local product, having played at Clearwater Central Catholic High and St. Petersburg College before being drafted by the Braves in 2009. He made it to the majors in 2015 and worked in 16 games (two starts) in 2016 for the Braves, then went to the Mariners on waivers in 2017 and missed a chunk of the season with a biceps injury.

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Monell, 31, made it the majors briefly with the Giants in 2013 and got to play in 27 games for the 2015 Mets. He is a lefty swinger who hit 19 home runs for the Mets' Triple-A team in 2016, then ended up in Korea last season, playing in only 28 games. For now, he is the Rays only experienced option if Wilson Ramos or Jesus Sucre were to be injured.

Snow, 29, is a 6-foot-6 hard-thrower who has pitched at Triple-A for the  Mariners and Brewers, working as both a starter and a reliever and averaging nearly a strikeout per inning. He is also known for his musical talent at the keyboard.

Also, former Rays LHP Xaiver Cedeno, who was dropped from the roster after not being tendered a contract, signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox. He missed most of last season due to forearm issues.