Rays Sign Leslie Anderson

The Rays signed Cuban first baseman/outfielder Leslie Anderson to a four-year, $3.75MM deal, tweets Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo HeraldESPN's Jorge Arangure Jr. wrote in February that Anderson auditioned for nine clubs, and quoted two scouts who came away unimpressed.  Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star said half the teams in baseball attended, and called Anderson "a chiselled Adonis of a baseball prospect."  One scouting report on the 27-year-old can be found at the blog Cuban Ball Players.

Anderson defected in September, and in January his agent Jaime Torres compared him to Alexei Ramirez.


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22 Comments on "Rays Sign Leslie Anderson"


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penpaper
5 years 3 months ago

This came out of left field. Great signing by the Rays. I wonder why he chose to sign with Tampa, because I doubt it was the money. A player with a brain?

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eedwards027
5 years 3 months ago

Nice pick up. Rays will take East this year.

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fitz
5 years 3 months ago

Negative, Yankees.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

No they won’t..They basically have the same team as last year. Their bullpen’s stronger with the addition of Soriano, but it’s inevitable they’re going to trade Crawford or Pena, and that’s really going to have an effect because if they trade Pena, Longoria’s not going to see anything to hit..I think they’ll finish 2nd and still get in the playoffs.

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Odd logic.. If they are in contention they’ll trade of their 2 stars and still make the playoffs. Hope so, I like the Rays.

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Daveb
5 years 3 months ago

Tha’s why they signed Blalok, in case they trade Pena.

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Mark Rowan
5 years 3 months ago

Any fantasy implications here?

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

This is a pretty shrewd move. Anderson’s 27 and from the Cuban A team, where he .381 last season . If he can ready to translate those skills by midseason to even kind of productive numbers in big league play, the Rays will be in a position to cash in Carlos Pena for whatever they’re looking for at the trade deadline.

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alxn
5 years 3 months ago

Don’t see how anyone can be impressed given how little we know about him.