Ex-Brave Jeff Bennett comes to Tampa Bay


Just when you think you can figure out the Tampa Bay front office ad what they might have on their minds they go and pull a complete rabbit out of their collective hats. Since the demotion of Rays reliever Joe Nelson, the team had a player in mind the entire time, but needed to make a sound judgment call on who would be the guy to go either to Triple-A Durham or be Designated for Assignment last night.

The team signed ex-Braves reliever  right-handed pitcher Jeff Bennett ( #47) to their roster before the start of their 4:10 game today against the Kansas City Royals.   The team also released James Houser today and Bennett will be placed on the Rays 40-man roster. Bennett comes to the Rays with a 2-4 record and a 3.12 ERA in 33 appearances. As we speak he is currently doing a side session under the watchful eye of Rays Pitching Coach Jim Hickey.


The Rays have not issued an offical press release yet on the roster move ( 2:08 pm), but when you are in a Rays BP jersey with your name on it, and you are doing a side session with the team’s Pitching Coach, it is only a matter of time. Bennett last appeared against the New York Yankees on June 24th and went 1.1 innings and gave up 2 hits and an earned run in the appearance.


I have not followed him since he left, how is he doing? Can’t POSSIBLY do worse than his tenure with the Braves…

He is right now assigned to the Rays triple-A team in Durham, North Carolina.
He did start up with the Rays in the majors, and I got to chat with him one Sunday and he seems like a good guy.
He appeared in 7 game and threw in 6.2 innings yielding 8-hits and 5-runs while giving up 4 walks and striking out 4 batters.
He had a good first appearance, then ran into trouble the next two outings. Most inconsistent control cost him a seat in the Rays Bullpen.
At Durham, he has not been used in a game situation yet.

Rays Renegade


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