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Rays sign 1B/DH Allan Dykstra to minor league contract

Re-sign RHP Bryce Stowell as well.

Allan Dykstra could have power hiding in his frame.
Allan Dykstra could have power hiding in his frame.
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According to mlb.com's transactions page, the Rays have signed 1B Allan Dykstra and re-signed RHP Bryce Stowell to minor-league contracts.

27-year old Allan Dykstra played his first full season at Triple-A last season for the Mets before finding free agency. Prior to last season, New York deployed Dykstra on the Double-A squad three seasons in a row, following an acquisition from the Padres.

Dykstra was the Padres' first round draft choice out of Wake Forest in 2008, and was advertised to have plus-plus power, though that has yet to materialized more than 21 home runs in a season. His power may have been a bit sapped with his promotion to Triple-A last season due to a broken ankle suffered in winterball. The injury caused him to miss Spring Training with the club, and led to a slow start with the Mets affiliate in Las Vegas.

More of a designated hitter at this point in his career, Dykstra put together a career best .283/428/.507 slash line last year, and wOBA of .418 and .398 in 2013 and 2014, good for a 165 and 145 wRC+ respectively.

Dykstra also has an incredible eye, with just a 9.1% swing rate on pitches outside the zone, and has averaged a 20% BB-rate since 2012. In fact, he had the same number of hits as walks in 2013. That's some patience! Should he ever reach the show, Dykstra could mash right handed pitching, but his role is limited to the batter's box.

It's for that reason I would wager his best chance at big league action is on a National League bench, so his decision to join the Rays makes me wonder how limited his options may have been, though he signed early in the off-season. Could we think of him as a poor man's Ike Davis?

Dykstra was co-winner of the Mets' Minor League Player of the Year and the Eastern League MVP in 2013. He was also nominated for MiLB Offensive Player of the Year, a great achievement though he did not win the award.

Worth noting: He has no relation to Lenny Dykstra, the convicted felon who also played for the Mets.

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Right handed reliever Bryce Stowell returns to the Rays on a second minor league deal. He pitched 49.2 relief innings for Montgomery last season to career best 1.99 ERA and 2.54 FIP.