Lee signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Lee was one of the top prospects at shortstop for the Rays in the 2015 season. He was designated for assignment by the Rays and became a free agent this offseason. He'll likely be starting the 2016 season in the Giants' minor league system, especially with Brandon Crawford as the club's starting shortstop.
After clearing waivers, Rays infielder Hak-Ju Lee was outrighted to Triple-A on Saturday, reports The Tampa Tribune. Lee has never appeared in an MLB game.
Rays infield prospect Hak-Ju Lee was activated from the minor league disabled list and returned to Triple-A Durham on Monday. Lee was hitting .240 with a home run, seven RBI and 10 stolen bases at Durham before going on the DL with a hand injury. Pitcher Jose Dominguez was placed on Durham's disabled list with an unspecified injury. He is 0-1, 3.60 with a save for Durham.
The Rays cut eight players on Sunday. Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was optioned to Triple-A Durham, along with RHP Jose Dominguez. Lee hit .222 in spring games. Dominguez struck out three of the six batters he faced in two perfect innings. The Rays also optioned three players to Double-A: C Justin O'Conner (.250 spring average), LHP Grayson Garvin (three strikeouts in four scoreless innings) and INF Ryan Brett (0-for-5) to Double-A Montgomery and reassigned RHP Dylan Floro (6.75 ERA), C Luke Maile (.250 average) and LHPRobert Zarate (6.00 ERA) to minor league camp.
Rays shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee had one of his best games of the season Saturday for Triple-A Durham since coming off the disabled list in late April. He totaled three hits and three RBI in a 9-2 win. "He's healthy right now, which is the main thing," Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo told The (Raleigh) News & Observer last week. "And now he's got to catch up with the baseball. All of these guys have been playing the whole time, but he hasn't. "I just know that he's got to catch up. So that's what we have to take it easy with him until he gets to full strength and playing every day." Lee is batting just .214 with two doubles, three RBI and two stolen bases in 15 games. But he's not worried about the slow start. "I just want to stay healthy this year because I didn't play a [whole] year last year," Lee told News & Observer. "The first thing, I just want to [be] healthy. And then the second thing ... [I'll] try to help the team score runs, with defense and good baserunning."
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