Rays Add Journeyman Outfielder In Trade With Arizona
The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired left-handed hitting outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations. He had been designated for assignment on April 6th.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Jose De Leon was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He will report to the Rays Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls.
Hazelbaker, 30, appeared in 41 games with the Diamondbacks in 2017. He hit .346/.443/.577 (18-for-52) with a pair of homers.
He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 4th round in 2009 out of Ball State in Muncie Indiana. The Red Sox sent him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 in exchange for Alex Castellanos.
He was released by the Dodgers in May of 2015 and signed as a minor league free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals on April 3, 2016 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
With the Cardinals in 2016 he appeared in 114 games hitting .235/.295/.480 with 12 homers in 224 plate appearances.
He was selected off waivers by Arizona in November of 2016 and spent the 2017 season between Triple-A Reno and the Diamondbacks.
Over parts of 10 minor league seasons, he has hit .266/.343/.438 (791-for-2,971) with 151 doubles, 88 home runs, 395 RBI and 253 stolen bases in 818 games.