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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.

Reader Comments

Por (John) on February 01, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I will be suprized if Josh makes the roster. Right now I would rather have Riggans at back up catcher.  He was regarded as one of the best defencive catchers in the minors and the pitchers love his energy behind the plate. Both him and Paul are coming off of injuries and Paul right now is not a major league catcher defencively or offencively.  Right now Navie is a defensive liabiligy behing the plate and they need a back up to counter act that late in games. Riggans look like the guy.

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Por (Mark) on February 05, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Rays will never move up in the standings until they address their horrible catching situation. Navarro
is a back up at best, DiFelice and Paul
give me a break. I am hoping Riggans can shock us all and be the catcher, but until the Rays develop a quality
backstop or sign or trade for a good catcher, they will always be looking up.

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