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Report: Rays re-sign Juan Carlos Oviedo

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly Leo Nunez, will be back with the Rays in 2014.
Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly Leo Nunez, will be back with the Rays in 2014. (USATSI)

UPDATE: Oviedo did receive a Major League contract, reports Topkin. Financial terms are still unknown. Oviedo is expected to be ready for the start of spring training following elbow surgery.

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The Rays have re-signed free agent right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Terms are unknown, but chances are it is a minor league deal. The contract is expected to become official next week.

Oviedo, 31, is the pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez. His true identity and age were discovered in 2011. Subsequent visa trouble and a suspension kept him out of action until the middle of the 2012 season, when he tore his elbow ligament during a minor league tune-up game and required Tommy John surgery.

Oviedo last pitched in a big league game back in 2011 due to the visa problems, suspension and elbow reconstruction. He is expected to be ready early next season. The Rays signed him to a minor league deal last winter and rehabbed him before declining his $2 million option a few weeks ago.

In 2011, Oviedo pitched to a 4.06 ERA (97 ERA+) with 36 saves in 64 1/3 innings for the Marlins. He saved 92 games with a 3.86 ERA (107 ERA+) during his three years with the Fish.

The Rays have to replace free agent Fernando Rodney and don't figure to spend big on a closer. Oviedo could be in the ninth inning mix along with Jake McGee and Joel Peralta.

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