News: Rodriguez has been designated for assignment by Tampa Bay.
Impact: Rodriguez struggled down the stretch of last season, which likely influenced the Rays' decision to demote him during the offseason. He will now be placed on waivers, but if Rodriguez goes unclaimed, he will be free to sign with any team or accept his assignment to Triple-A.
News: Frieri signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Rays on Wednesday.
Impact: Frieri was released by the Pirates in early September, and remained a free agent for the remainder of the season. The Rays have decided to take a chance on him, but signed him on a highly-incentived contract, with a chance to make up to $2 million next season if he pitches well enough. He will compete for a spot in the Rays' bullpen in spring training.