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Rays ready to play catcher they get in Matt Andriese deal

Matt Andriese filled many roles for the Rays, and he pitched their last complete game, in May 2016. 	(MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Matt Andriese filled many roles for the Rays, and he pitched their last complete game, in May 2016. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published Jul. 26, 2018
Updated Jul. 26, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — There really wasn't much surprise in the Rays trading Matt Andriese on Wednesday in that they were using him as a multi-inning middle reliever and other teams valued him higher.

What was somewhat surprising was that the Rays got back a catcher from Arizona they believe is worthy of a shot in the big leagues: Michael Perez, 25, who will join them Thursday in Baltimore. Adam Moore, who was called up to replace injured Wilson Ramos, was designated for assignment.

Perez has been touted for having strong defensive tools, throwing out 34.8 percent of base stealers while hitting .284 with six homers, 29 RBIs and a .759 OPS in 58 games for Triple-A Reno. He is a 2011 fifth-round draft pick from Puerto Rico who has played parts of eight minor-league seasons.

The Rays also got a young pitcher in Brian Shaffer, 21. The 2017 sixth-round pick from Maryland is 7-5, 2.70 with 109 strikeouts in 1062/3 innings for Class A Kane County.

Andriese, 28, filled several roles for the Rays, posting a 3-4 record and 4.07 ERA this season in 27 games (four starts). Over parts of four seasons, he is 19-22, 4.30 in 98 games (48 starts). His two-hit shutout against Oakland on May 14, 2016, is the last complete game thrown by a Rays pitcher. He is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter.

"I'm thankful for the opportunities the Rays gave me to become a well-rounded pitcher,'' Andriese said via text message, "and for the friendships I built with my teammates, the coaching staff, clubhouse guys and front office.''

Contact Marc Topkin at mtopkin@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes@Rays.