Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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A’s DFA Lugo
Posted Jan 25, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Jan 25, 2008 at 04:06 PM
In need of a 40-man roster spot for a waiver-wire pickup, Oakland designated Ruddy Lugo for assignment today. I imagine they’d like to re-sign him to a minor-league deal with an invitation to camp, but we shall see.
Speaking of non-roster invitees, the Rays have added another in RHP Scott Munter, a reliever with McClung-esque height/weight numbers (6-6, 260) who has had some success in the majors with the Giants. Unfortunately, most of that success came as a rookie in 2005. He had elbow surgery that fall and hasn’t been as effective since.
Munter did post a 2.00 ERA in the Arizona Fall League this season. He played for Scottsdale alongside all of the Rays’ AFL contingent, so presumably Tampa Bay has the most recent scouting report available. The way Tampa Bay’s bullpen looks right now, Munter’s chances of breaking camp with the team don’t look real good, but the sinkerballer might be handy to have around in Durham.
By my unofficial count, his addition will put 52 players in big-league camp, with a couple more additions possible. I definitely would expect another catcher, as the Rays only have five on the list right now and most teams prefer to have six. Organizational soldier Josh Arhart held down the sixth-catcher slot last spring, and who knows, he may be the guy again this year.