Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Show some Pridie

The jigsaw puzzle had an extra piece dropped in it today. Jason Pridie is back with the Devil Rays after the Minnesota Twins decided to leave him off their major-league roster. Pridie was taken in the Rule V draft last December and had to stay in the majors or be offered back to the Rays.

The Rays jumped at the chance. Pridie had only a .213 average in 28 games at Montgomery last year after a serious early-season knee injury, but has shown signs of an ability to create runs.

He was greatly welcomed at the minor-league complex. He stood near the entrance and, with the dexterity of a discount-store greeter, shook a lot of hands and talked to almost everyone.

The speedy Fernando Perez seemed a possibility to make the jump two levels from low-A Southwest Michigan, where he swiped 57 bases last year, to the Biscuits. Perez now appears set for high-A Visalia.

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