Rays Sign Matt Bush

The Rays signed pitcher Matt Bush to a minor league deal, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times

Bush, now 24, was the first overall pick by the Padres in the 2004 draft.  A shortstop at the time, Bush's signability pushed him past Stephen Drew, Jered Weaver, and Jeff Niemann on Kevin Towers' list.  He was arrested on felony assault charges weeks after the draft, resulting in a suspension.  Injuries hampered his progress, and the Padres converted him to pitching in May of '07.  He had Tommy John surgery later that year.

Bush was charged with assault again in February of '09, and the Padres designated Bush for assignment and traded him to the Blue Jays.  The Jays released him in April, and more incidents surfaced in June.

23 Responses to Rays Sign Matt Bush Leave a Reply

  1. LOL. Why even bother.

  2. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    The video of him crying as the police are arresting him is priceless!!!

    link to break.com

    • deedublu 5 years ago

      Thanks for posting that…Hilarious!

    • MNTwins2010 5 years ago

      That video just MADE MY DAY!! Awesome!!

    • BaseballFan0707 5 years ago


      What a waste of life.

    • mattinglyfan 5 years ago

      Wow, that’s really sad, and pathetic. I hope he cleans up, maybe he should reach out to Josh Hamilton?

  3. jhawk90 5 years ago

    Too bad they didn’t sign Chien-Ming as well, this could have been an epic headline.

  4. Guest 5 years ago

    LOL good luck with that “peach”.

  5. Aranathor 5 years ago

    oh for fu… it just annoys me that people with such talent waste it because they have a 5 cent head.
    Kudos to Crash Davies

  6. MNTwins2010 5 years ago

    Worst 1st overall pick in the history of sports!!!

    • Guest 5 years ago

      Kwame Brown would like a word with you.

      • MNTwins2010 5 years ago

        Kwame actually played in an NBA game though. Bush failed in the instructional league.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          He showed promise with the Lakers but he was traded.. for Gasol. Still can’t get over how that worked out.

  7. BaseballFan0707 5 years ago

    Speak of the devil. This guy was brought up along with the aforementioned names in the Kevin Towers thread.

    He really is a pitiful human being.

  8. Guest 5 years ago

    “Called to the Pen” HA

  9. withpower 5 years ago

    F***ing East County!!!!

  10. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    LOL the rays have 3 1st overall picks in the farm, impressive, yet dissapointing. Maybe they can get luke hochevar off the royal’s hands while there at it.

  11. gowpads 5 years ago

    Is he going to the bullpen or the state pen?

  12. MNTwins2010 5 years ago

    Nope – he played in an NBA game, Bush hasn’t made it into A ball yet.

  13. withpower 5 years ago

    Yeah but Bullington really was very, very good. He just got hurt. You can argue he should have been taken after some of those guys, but at the time, he was right there with all of them.

    Matt Bush was an obvious overdraft at the time. Many were shocked he was taken in the first round, let alone with the first overall pick.

  14. MNTwins2010 5 years ago

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Triple Like!!

  15. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    Giggling? I’d say more like Crying like a bitch!

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