Rays sign Alexei Ramirez

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The Rays have signed shortstop Alexei Ramirez, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He’s already with the team at Yankee Stadim, having chosen uniform No. 24.

Ramirez, 34, was released by the Padres on Sunday after hitting .240/.275/.330 with five home runs and 41 RBI in 444 plate appearances. The Padres are responsible for the remainder of his $3 million salary for the 2016 season as well as his $1 million buyout for 2017.

The Rays recently lost Matt Duffy, who had been playing shortstop, to an Achilles injury. Ramirez will provide depth at shortstop along with Nick Franklin and Brad Miller.