Kolarek signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The left-hander tried catching on with the Braves organization but winds up with Tampa Bay's instead as a depth piece. Kolarek, 28, hasn't yet seen the majors and holds a career 3.50 minors ERA.
Kolarek signed a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The 28-year-old pitched well between Double-A and Triple-A last season, posting a 3.13 ERA with 63 strikeouts across 60.1 innings. His numbers have improved steadily over the past few years as he has climbed through the minors, and he will look to finally make it to the next level with the Braves.
Kolarek was signed by the Orioles following his release from the Mets in early October, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Kolarek, who pitched with Double-A Binghamton in 2015, improved upon his dreadful 2014 numbers (6.07 ERA, 1.75 WHIP in 56.1 innings), but not by much, posting a 4.43 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 67 innings with the Double-A affiliate this season and was subsequently released. He will now try to climb the minor league ladder with the Orioles.
The Mets made several roster moves Monday, which included optioning Erik Goeddel, Steven Matz, Josh Edgin and Wilfredo Tovar to the minors. Logan Verrett, Adam Kolarek, Chasen Bradford, Dustin Lawley, Brandon Nimmo, Cory Vaughn, Danny Muno and Kevin Plawecki were also reassigned to minor-league camp.
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