Infielder, who once pitched and caught in the same game, invited to big league camp
By Adam Berry
The Rays signed infielder Jake Elmore to a Minor League deal on Monday and invited him to Spring Training, where he will compete for a spot on the bench.
Elmore, 27, has spent parts of three seasons in the Majors. He's a career .221/.288/.291 hitter with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 87 games with the D-backs, Astros and Reds. He has mostly worked as a shortstop and second baseman.
"Trying to play for all 30. Really excited to be joining @RaysBaseball #collectinghats #teamnumber7," Elmore posted on his Twitter account (JElmo10).
Elmore has hit for a solid average and on-base percentage but little power in the Minors, posting a .290/.385/.388 batting line in parts of seven seasons. He played every position for the Astros in 2013. On Aug. 19, 2013, he pitched and caught in the same game against the Rangers.
Tampa Bay will likely start the season with Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Franklin manning the middle infield, though it's not yet clear which positions they will play. The Rays could use another middle infielder to serve as the backup shortstop. Tim Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, is on the 40-man roster and could fit the bill, but he's coming back from a major right knee injury.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.