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November 18, 2004

Texas signs two Rays

Texas signed pitcher JASON STANDRIDGE and shortstop JACE BREWER to minor-league deals.

Standridge was Tampa Bay's first pick (31st overall) of the 1997 draft. He hasn't done much beyond the Sally League. Though he just turned 26 and has time to revive his career, his mediocre strikeout rates and occasional lapses in control bode ill. In brief tours of duty over four years, Standridge's performance at the major-league level has been uniformly awful -- 18 homers allowed in 68 innings and more walks than strikeouts. This year's struggles resulted in his removal from the 40-man roster in June. He probably will join the rotation in AAA, and his best shot with the Rangers would be as a long reliever. John Wasdin-like faux-competence in 2005 would be a step up for him, but again, he's just 26.

Brewer, a 5th-round pick in 2000, batted .252/.290/.386 in AA as a 25-year old in 2004. He plays mostly at short with some outfield, first and third thrown in. I'd guess he'll be a supersub for AA Frisco.

Posted by Lucas at November 18, 2004 10:20 AM