Rays sign Dillon, Shealy to Minors deals
Versatile infielder, first baseman invited to Spring Training
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have signed infielder Joe Dillon and first baseman Ryan Shealy to Minor League contracts, with both extended invitations to Major League Spring Training.
Dillon, 34, appeared in 15 games for Tampa Bay last season as a designated hitter, third baseman and second baseman, hitting .300 with one home run and two RBIs. He was a member of the Rays' active roster for 62 games May 26-Aug. 7.
In 35 games for Triple-A Durham, Dillon hit .244 and spent time at all four infield positions.
Dillon was acquired from the Athletics on May 9 as the player to be named in exchange for infielder Adam Kennedy. He owns a career .263 batting average over parts of four Major League seasons with the Marlins ('05), Brewers (2007-08) and Rays ('09).
Shealy, 30, hit .345 with seven doubles, 12 RBIs, 18 walks and a .454 on-base percentage for Triple-A Omaha in 2009, but he did not play after May 8 due to a knee injury. Shealy has played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Rockies (2005-06) and Royals (2006-08), hitting a combined .271 with 19 homers, and 94 RBIs in 164 games. Over parts of eight Minor League seasons, he owns a .311 average with 132 homers runs, a .401 on-base percentage and a .564 slugging percentage.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.