Released from a minor-league deal at the end of spring training, infielder Alexi Casilla has re-signed with the Rays on another minor-league contract and will be assigned to Triple-A.
Casilla was a regular for the Twins from 2007-2012, but never lived up their expectations for him and has struggled to find playing time in the majors since leaving Minnesota.
He’s a career .247 hitter with a .633 OPS, but Casilla has good speed and can play second base or shortstop. There’s a decent chance the 30-year-old will see some action with the Rays at some point.
By letting him go and then bringing him back the Rays avoided paying Casilla the $100,000 veteran retention bonus.