Baldelli returns to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays signed veteran outfielder Rocco Baldelli to a minor league contract on Monday and assigned him to Single-A Charlotte.

The 28-year-old was taken with the sixth overall pick by the Rays in the 2000 amateur draft and spent five of his six major league seasons with Tampa Bay from 2003-04 and again from 2006-08. He appeared in 62 games for Boston last season and batted .253 with seven homers and 23 RBI.

Baldelli, who helped the Rays reach the World Series in 2008, is a career .279 hitter with 59 home runs and 257 RBI in 509 games.


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