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AL East: Rays designate Plouffe for assignment

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The Rays have designated the versatile first and third baseman Trevor Plouffe for assignment. Plouffe made his way to the East Coast by way of the Athletics this June, with Oakland pocketing some cash for the veteran infielder. The Rays also received $2M from Oakland to cover the remaining $3M left on the former first round draft pick’s salary for the year.

The former Twins stronghold was slashing a measly .178/.268/.247 with one home run and 25 strikeouts for Tampa. While his calling card was hitting lefties, Tampa has chosen to explore other options, such as the freshly acquired Cesar Puello.

To fill his roster spot, Tampa Bay has activated Alex Cobb to start today. The 31-year old Plouffe is eligible for free agency at the end of this season.

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