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Rays trade INF Ryan Schimpf to Braves

March 5, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays' Jesus Sucre celebrates with Ryan Schimpf, left, after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have traded infielder Ryan Schimpf to the Atlanta Braves in for a player to be named or cash.

The Rays announced the deal Monday, two days after Schimpf was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez, who signed a $4 million, one-year contract.

The 29-year-old Schimpf began last season as San Diego’s starting third baseman and batted .158 with 14 homers and 25 RBIs in 53 games. The Rays acquired him in December for a minor league prospect.

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