Friday, November 30, 2007

Percival To Close

The Tampa Bay Rays signed Troy Percival to a two-year, $8 million dollar contract today:
Percival, who seems likely to supplant Al Reyes as the Rays closer, will be introduced to the media at 3 p.m. at Tropicana Field.

He pitched 40 stellar innings for the Cardinals in 2007. Even if his ERA goes up a run with the Rays, it's a good signing. Percival, a favorite of Rays manager Joe Maddon when both were in Anaheim, is also considered a strong clubhouse leader and is expected to have a positive influence on the young pitching staff. He also joins Reyes and Dan Wheeler in giving the Rays three veteran relievers with late-innings experience.

Young starters and old relievers. We'll see how it works.

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