Dodgers designate Garret Anderson for assignment

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have designated outfielder Garret Anderson for assignment. 

The move allowed the club to add outfielder Jay Gibbons, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2007 but was batting .347/.375/.594 with 19 homers and 83 RBI in 94 games at Triple-A Albuquerque.  He’ll serve as a nice late-innings pinch-hitter as the Dodgers attempt to climb back into contention.  They currently sit seven games back of the Padres for the top spot in the National League West and six games back of the Giants for the Wild Card.

Anderson, 38, was batting just .181/.204/.271 this season with two home runs and 12 RBI over 155 at-bats.  He will have the option of electing free agency, but the veteran may be better off sticking with the Dodgers organization and hoping for a late-season promotion.  He signed a minor league contract back in early March.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.