Rays sign Mike Fontenot, Rich Thompson to minor-league deals

Tony Medina

Both veterans will likely get a shot at making Tampa's 40-man roster.

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed veteran infielder Mike Fontenot and journeyman outfielder Rich Thompson to minor-league contracts, reports Matt Eddy of Baseball America:

Fontenot, 32, spent most of 2012 in a back-up role for the Philadelphia Phillies, but was dropped from the roster by the club in August after hitting .289/.343/.340 in 47 games. The seven-year big-league veteran is a career .265/.332/.401 hitter, but has seen his playing time decline each of the last three seasons.

Thompson, 33, was one of the feel-good stories of this past season, getting his first chance at big-league action since 2004 and a second chance to notch his first MLB hit – which he got on May 17 against the Red Sox. Thompson hit just .091/.167/.091 overall in his brief 23-game stint with the Rays, collecting two singles and six stolen bases.

Mlbdd-twitter-insert_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker