Rays sign INF Jake Elmore to minor-league deal with invite to spring

BY foxsports • February 9, 2015

The Tampa Bay Rays signed infielder Jake Elmore to a minor-league deal on Monday with an invite to spring training.

Elmore, 27, is a career .221 hitter with two home runs, 13 RBI and a .288 on-base percentage in 87 major-league games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds.

Drafted in the 34th-round by the Diamondbacks out of Arizona State in 2008, he made his debut in the majors at age 25 with Arizona in 2012. Last season, he batted .182 (2 for 11) with a walk and four strikeouts in 12 plate apperances spanning five games with the Reds. Between the Triple-A affiliates of the Oakland Athletics and Reds, Elmore combined to hit .281 with 17 doubles and 24 RBI in 72 games.  

Most of Elmore's fielding experience comes at shortstop, where he has had 34 major-league starts. He also has 12 starts at second base in the big leagues.

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