Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Rays add four to 40-man; Marlins add Miller

The Rays have added catcher John Jaso, outfielders Fernando Perez and Jason Pridie, and left-handed pitcher James Houser to their 40-man roster, shielding the four from next month's Rule 5 draft.

To make room, Tampa Bay traded outfielder Chris Snelling to the Phillies for cash considerations and designated pitchers Brian Stokes and Jon Switzer for assignment.

All except Snelling are former Biscuits. The Rays claimed Snelling off waivers from the Oakland A's on Oct. 25.

Jaso and Perez were expected to be protected and Pridie isn't a surprise. Houser was steady this season with Montgomery until a mid-August suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension will keep him out for the first month of the 2008 season.

Stokes was 2-7 with a 7.07 ERA in 59 relief appearances this season with Tampa Bay. Switzer appeared in 21 major-league games and compiled an 0-2 record with an 8.05 ERA.

LATE EDIT: The Marlins added Selma's Jai Miller to their 40-man roster, while the Royals pulled Montgomery native Craig Brazell and former Biscuits infielder Wes Bankston off theirs.


Bubba-36109 said...

Hey picked three out of the four. Who would have thunk Houser?...I guess 6 Dec we see who picks up Meeks?

Stacy Long said...

Houser was having a decent year, despite the wisdom teeth and the oblique, but I thought the suspension would keep him off the 40-man for another year.

Matt Himelfarb said...

Think Meek will ever get a shot in the big leagues? Seems as though he needs to harness his command. How would you rate his stuff?

Stacy Long said...

Just saw your comment. Meek could get a shot in the big leagues, but he needs to show more control, as you mentioned. I never considered him overpowering, but he was able to get outs.