Jackson native Ryan Lamarre has signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays with an invitation to major league spring training.
LaMarre, 31, has spent parts of the last five seasons in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds (2015), Boston Red Sox (2016), Athletics (2017), Chicago White Sox (2018) and Twins (2018-19). He is a career .236/.286/.338 (53-for-225) hitter with four home runs and 21 RBI over 119 games (62 starts) at the major league level. He has experience at all three outfield positions: center field (64 games, 42 starts), left field (33 games, 18 starts) and right field (nine games, two starts). Last season, he was a September call up for the Twins, appearing in 14 games (seven starts) and batting .217/.308/.478 (5-for-23) with two home runs. He began the season with Triple-A Rochester, where he hit .311/.380/.477 (126-for-405) with nine home runs and 53 RBI, finishing sixth in the International League in hitting. He was selected by the Reds in the second round of the 2010 June Draft out of the University of Michigan.