There is something weird going on between the Rays and Ray Olmedo. He has signed with the team every other year since 2009. Will he make it three odd years in a row in 2013?
Why should the Rays sign Olmedo? First off, he has the perfect name for a Rays player, Ray. More importantly, Olmedo, 31, is the type of utility player that the Rays always seem to need. Olmedo has never been much of a hitter, posting a .230/.273/.293 line in 484 major league plate appearances, including 42 with the White Sox this past season, and a .264/.316/.344 mark in the minor leagues. But he has some speed, stealing 9 or more bases every even year since 2006 (what in the world is going on with Olmedo and every other year?), and he’s versatile defensively, handling shortstop capably with quite a bit of experience at second and third base as well, and he also has seen time in the corner outfield spots and even at pitcher in the minor leagues. Olmedo is nothing too special, but we know the Rays like Olmedo considering they have signed him twice before, and when the need for a Brooks Conrad/Drew Sutton-type player arises, you might as well have a player you’re familiar with stashed at Triple-A to fill the role. Ray Olmedo will by no means have any significant impact on how the Rays or any MLB team performs this season, but if you see in a few months that the Rays have re-signed him to a minor league deal, don’t be surprised.