Rays Release Ryan Shealy

The Rays have released first baseman Ryan Shealy according to the International League transactions page. Tampa signed Shealy to a minor league deal back in December. 

The 30-year-old hit .238/.354/.512 with ten homers in 206 plate appearances for the Rays' Triple-A affiliate, so performance wasn't the issue. Shealy last appeared in the big leagues back in 2008 with the Royals, and he's a .271/.335/.429 career hitter in the show.


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  1. I remember Pirates fans were very disappointed when the Royals got this stiff from the Rockies, I believe.

    • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

      I don’t remember that, nor was I disappointed.

      • Have a stroll down memory lane and look him up on bucs dugout. Outrage the Bucs didn’t deal Mike Gonzalez for him. Gonzalez was later dealt for Adam LaRoche, a still somewhat decent big leaguer.

  2. tman89544 5 years ago

    I think hes got potential hes just never been given an opportunity. His low average scared the royals pretty quickly.

  3. jwredsox 5 years ago

    Well there goes the Rays chances at a championship

  4. Nicolas_C 5 years ago

    The problem is that he’s a first baseman. The numbers he’s put up are above average for a hitter, but not for a first baseman. He’s one of those AAAA players, since he tears up the minors but is below average for his position in the majors.

  5. That slash line just screams replacement-level.

    He is the person they had in mind when they came up with the WAR stat.

  6. I GOT IT!

    WAR doesn’t stand for Wins Above Replacement, it stands for Wins Over Ryan.

  7. formerdraftpick 5 years ago

    He’s pretty decent. I hope he gets the opportunity somewhere like the M’s or Pirates. Even as a DH, he would be a help for quite a few teams.

  8. sobsey 5 years ago

    Shealy had an opt-out clause in his contract that kicked in on 6/15. He requested his release. He had to split time in Durham with Chris Richard, who got more playing time; probably Shealy just wanted to prove he could stay healthy (he missed all of 2009 with knee problems) before finding a place where he could play every day.

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