Rays acquire Trevor Plouffe from A's, will add him to roster Monday
UPDATE, 2:59: Cash said the Rays got Plouffe primarily to improve their right-handed hitting, hoping a change of scenery will help him. They see him playing 1B and 3B, so they can get some rest for Longoria and Morrison, "will explore" some other possibilities such as the corner outfield spots. Cash said the Rays feel "without a doubt" Plouffe can contribute, and acknowledged they talked extensively this winter about signing him before he went to Oakland. "For us to be able to get him here two months, three months, in is a good thing for us,'' Cash said. ... The Rays will end up being responsible for about $1-million of Plouffe's salary.
UPDATE, 12:26: The A's provided more information on the deal, noting in the press relelase that they are also sending the Rays cash to offset some of the $3-million plus remaining on Plouffe's salary, and can get back a player to be named or cash. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the A's are sending the Rays more than $2-million.
DEVELOPING: The Rays continue shuffling their bench, acquiring INF Trevor Plouffe from Oakland on Saturday for cash considerations.
Plouffe is not expected to join the Rays until Monday, so they won't have to make room on the active roster until then.
He was designated for assignment by the A's on Thursday, his 31st birthday, after hitting .214, with 7 HRs, 14 RBIs and a .634 OPS in 58 games. He signed a one-year, $5.25-million deal with Oakland after being non-tendered by the Twins after playing for them parts of seven seasons, including 2015 when he hit 22 homers.
Plouffe - pronounced PLOOF - plays primarily third base but also can handle first and DH, as the Rays have been looking to beef up their right-handed hitting given their struggles against lefties, highlighted by an 8-16 record, second worst in the AL.
Plouffe becomes the third infielder the Rays have acquired in the last month, joining Michael Martinez and Taylor Featherston (who has an option so he can be sent to Triple-A Durham).
To make room for Plouffe on the 40-man roster, RHP Matt Andriese (hip stress reaction) was shifted from the 10-day to the 60-day DL.