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Rays sign 5 to minor league contracts

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)

Former New York Mets outfielder Chris Carter is among five players agreeing to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The defending AL East champions announced Friday that Carter, right-handed pitchers Jonah Bayliss and Dirk Hayhurst and infielders Daniel Mayora and Ray Olmedo also received invitations to major league spring training.

The 28-year-old Carter appeared in 100 games for the Mets in 2010. He hit .263 with four homers and 24 RBIs.

Bayliss has spent parts of three seasons in the majors Kansas City and Pittsburgh, and Hayhurst's professional career includes brief big league stints with San Diego and Toronto.

Mayora spent the 2010 at Double-A Tulsa in the Colorado Rockies organization. Olmedo has played portions of five seasons in the majors with Cincinnati and Toronto.

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