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Rays acquire Peter Bourjos from White Sox

The Rays were in the market for a right-handed outfielder who can play center.

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The Rays have acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for cash considerations, according to CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was first to report the talks.

The Rays have been looking for outfield help, with particular interest in adding someone who is right-handed and is capable of backing up in center field. With Colby Rasmus (hip) expected to open the season on the disabled list, there’s an opening in Tampa Bay. Mallex Smith is likely to get the start on Opening Day in left field, with Kevin Kiermaier patrolling center, and Steven Souza in right. Corey Dickerson is expected to DH and lead off.

Bourjos, 30 on Friday, was in White Sox camp as a non-roster invitee and hit .313/.340/.521 with three home runs across 48 at-bats in Cactus League action. Bourjos spent the 2016 season with the Phillies, slashing a mediocre .251/.292/.389 across 123 games. He’s also spent time with the Angels and Cardinals.