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Tampa Bay Rays Claim Bobby Wilson from the Texas Rangers, Curt Casali Optioned

The Rays are bringing back a local product, while Curt Casali is heading back to the minors

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Following their 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, the Rays made a surprising roster move as the made the decision to option Curt Casali to Triple-A Durham in order to clear roster space for Bobby Wilson, whom they claimed off of waivers from the Texas Rangers.

There was a lot of excitement for Casali heading into the season after his home run tear during July and August last year, but unfortunately his bat has abandoned him as the 2016 season progressed. He is currently in a stretch where he has recorded eight hits in 68 plate appearances after going 0-2 today with a walk. Heading into play though, he had a 8 wRC+ over his last 65 plate appearances.

Casali's defense has improved this year, which is the reason for his prolonged presence on the active roster, but with Luke Maile coming up for Hank Conger and now Bobby Wilson taking over for Casali, the Rays are leaning more towards their old style of having a defensive first catcher with little to no offensive ability.

This will be Bobby Wilson's second tenure with the Rays after he played 25 games with the club last year during the first half of the season, putting up a slash of .145/.203/.145 before he was designated for assignment. Since then he moved on to the Rangers, and the Tigers, before heading back to Texas during the early part of this season and now ultimately making his way back to the Rays.