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.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.