By JOSH VITALE, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — The Tampa Bay Rays completed their trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, acquiring right-hander Buddy Borden as the player to be named later in the Sean Rodriguez deal.
The Rays also signed catcher Bobby Wilson, ourfielder Corey Brown and utilityman Eugenio Velez to minor league contracts with spring training invites.
Borden, 22, went 7-9 with a 3.16 ERA for Class-A West Virginia last season, striking out 122 batters in 128 innings pitched. The 2013 seventh-round pick is a candidate to open next season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Wilson, 31, has spent part of six major league seasons between the Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dunedin native and St. Petersburg College product hit .267 with three home runs and 38 RBIs for Triple-A Reno last season.
Brown, 29, spent parts of five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, batting .241 with eight home runs and 72 RBIs in 259 major league games. The Plant High School graduate hit .231 with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs for Triple-A Pawtucket last year.
Velez, 32, hasn’t appeared in the majors since a 34-game stint with the Dodgers in 2011. He batted .309 with seven home runs, 51 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for Triple-A Nashville last year.
Pitchers and catchers report to Charlotte Sports Park for spring training in 71 days.
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