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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Josh Paul returns to Rays
Posted Feb 1, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Feb 1, 2008 at 01:45 PM
Unable to find a taker for his services on a major-league contract, veteran catcher Josh Paul will be back in Rays camp this spring. Paul has signed a minor-league deal with Tampa Bay, adding another option to the increasingly complex race to back up Dioner Navarro.
The Rays also signed well-traveled left-hander Brian Anderson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Anderson, 35, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2005, when he made six generally unsuccessful starts for the Royals, but he has spent part of 13 seasons in the big leagues. He broke into the majors in 1993 with the Angels, so he knows Joe Maddon from long ago. Anderson isn’t expected to be completely healthy in time for Opening Day but could fit in as a lefty reliever at some point.
Paul, 32, had an injury-plagued 2007 with the Rays. Elbow and back problems limited him to just 35 games, in which he hit .190 and struck out 30 times in 105 at-bats. The Rays already had brought in Mike DiFelice as a seasoned alternative to Navarro, and there’s also the matter of where Shawn Riggans fits in now that he is healthy after undergoing elbow surgery last season.
Paul would make $675,000 if he spends the entire season in the majors, while Anderson would get $475,000.
In addition to those two, the Rays officially announced the previously mentioned signing of right-hander Scott Munter.