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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Rasmus signing official

Jason Coats released.

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The Rays made their deal with Colby Rasmus official, releasing outfielder Jason Coats to make room. Here’s Rays Radio with the reasons the Rays wanted Rasmus, and here’s audio with Rasmus discussing his previous work with new Rays pitching coach Chad Mottola.

Rasmus will be coming off surgeries, but everyone seems to think he’ll be ready in time for opening day.

And in bizarre, upsetting news, former-Ray Sean Rodriguez and his family were in a car accident where they were hit by a man driving a stolen police car. Rodriguez was unhurt, but his wife and children were taken to the hospital. The man driving the stolen car died.


Ottoneu Note

Today is the deadline for cuts. It’s a soft deadline, as commissioners can allow people to make penalty-free cuts after the deadline. But make your cuts. We’ll use this as a way to figure out who’s really in for next year and who isn’t, and shape up the leagues from there. Thanks, everyone.