The Pendleton Panther

Burrell Designated For Assignment

Posted on: May 16, 2010

The Rays designated Pat Burrell for assignment.

The Tampa Bay Rays have designated Pat Burrell for assignment. That means that the Rays have 10 days to decide whether to place Burrell on waivers, release, or trade him. He is no longer on the 40-man roster. Burrell hit just .202 this season, playing mostly as the designated hitter against right-handed pitchers. He only had 2 home runs and 13 RBI’s. He struck out 28 times in 84 at- bats. Burrell was signed by the Rays before last season to a two-year, $16 million deal. The Rays will be responsible to pay Burrell the remaining $9 million of his contract. Burrell had previously played for the Phillies and helped them win a World Series in 2008. To replace Burrell, the Rays called up Hank Blalock from Triple-A Durham. Blalock had an out clause in his contract that he could exercise if he wasn’t called up in the next week. Blalock was hitting extremely well in Triple-A and the Rays hope that he can provide them with some offense.

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