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Devil Rays Sign Ozzie Guillen

April 5, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Ozzie Guillen, released by Atlanta last week, signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday and will join the team for a weekend series against the Cleveland Indians.

Guillen, a three-time AL All-Star, is a .264 career hitter who’s played 14 seasons with the Braves, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles. He was the AL Rookie of the Year with the White Sox in 1985.

The Devil Rays also announced that third baseman Bobby Smith cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Durham. Shortstop Felix Martinez was claimed from the Philadelphia Phillies and assigned to Durham.

Shortstop Rafael Bournigal was released, and infielder Damian Rolls was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

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