According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have added infielder Adam Kennedy on a minor league contract.
Kennedy was released by the Cardinals about a week ago. St. Louis has to foot the bill for his $4MM '09 salary, so it's a fairly low-risk signing by the Rays. The 33-year-old hit .280/.321/.372 last season with two home runs and 36 RBI in 339 at-bats. He'll earn just the league minimum ($400K) from the Rays if he makes the roster.
"We talk a lot about depth, and I think this move fits perfectly in line with that," Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said Tuesday. "He’s a tremendous defender, he does a lot of things well and we’re anxious to watch him play on a daily basis.''