Rays Sign Jonny Venters
The Rays have signed left-handed reliever Jonny Venters to a two-year minor-league deal, according to Steve Carney.
Previously one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball, Venters last pitched in the majors in 2012. He’s endured multiple Tommy John surgeries since, running his career total to three. There’s no telling whether Venters will ever return to the mound in a competitive fashion, let alone do so with the mid-to-upper-90s sinker and hard breaking ball that made him so effective. Nonetheless, here’s rooting for him.
It’s worth noting the Rays have used this strategy to good success before. Al Reyes and Juan Carlos Oviedo joined the Rays following elbow operations and went on to pitch in the majors for the club following year-long rehabs. Neil Wagner and Jordan Norberto, both currently in the organization, also joined the Rays following Tommy John surgery, though neither has appeared in a big-league game yet.