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Tampa Bay Rays Sign Cory Rasmus and David Carpenter to Minor League Deals

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The Rays have announced two minor league signings who could compete for roles in the Rays bullpen

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays have signed two pitchers to minor league deals as they have brought in Colby Rasmus’s brother, Cory Rasmus, and they have also brought back David Carptener, who spent spring training last year with the Rays.

Cory Rasmus is Colby’s younger brother, he is a major league veteran of four years having spent time in the show with the Braves in 2013, and with the Angels from 2013 to 2016. Over that time, Rasmus has pitched in a total of 84 games — 8 starts — accruing a 4.17 ERA and a 4.49 FIP over 123 innings pitched.

David Carpenter is back for a second go around with the Rays after he was released in late March in 2016, following a strong spring campaign with the club. He spent the 2016 season in the Angels organization, but never reached the majors. Over his five years in the majors, Carpenter sports a 3.66 ERA and a 3.63 FIP over the course of 211 innings pitched over 218 games.

Also in former Rays news, the Chicago Cubs have designated Dylan Floro for assignment. The Cubs claimed Floro off waivers from the Rays just over a week ago. Meanwhile, Richie Shaffer is out at another organization as the Cleveland Indians have designated him for assignment.