McKenry was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran backstop had no realistic shot of making the 25-man roster with a plethora of candidates (Luke Maile, Curt Casali and Jesus Sucre) already ahead of him before the Rays added Derek Norris. McKenry had hit just .125 with two doubles and two RBI over 36 spring plate appearances.
McKenry signed a minor league contract with the Rays on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. He's bounced from one organization to another over the past calendar year; from the Rangers to the Cardinals to the Braves to the Brewers and now the Rays. McKenry did have a couple decent seasons earlier in his career and can still take a walk and hit for a little power at nearly 32 years old, but it would probably take a long-term injury behind the plate in Tampa Bay for him to get a look.
McKenry was traded to the Brewers on Monday. The Brewers were seeking catching depth at the minor-league level, and they were able to swing a trade for McKenry, who will be playing for his fourth team this season. McKenry will be assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he has posted a .927 OPS at the Triple-A level this season, so he has a good chance to join the Brewers at some point before the regular season ends.
McKenry signed a minor league deal with the Braves on Saturday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan in Atlanta reports. McKenry was DFA'd by the Cardinals earlier in the week and elected free agency after passing through waivers unclaimed Friday. The 31-year-old had been hitting well at Triple-A, slashing .301/.424/.569 in 37 games, and he'll now head to the same level within the Braves organization in hopes of working his way back up to the big league club.
McKenry cleared waivers and elected free agency Friday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. McKenry went through his waiver period unclaimed by a big league club but instead of electing to return to Triple-A Memphis, he chose to become a free agent. The 31-year-old has slashed a robust .301/.424/.569 through 37 games at the Triple-A level this season and will likely be scooped up by another team that needs catching depth in the near future.
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