After 12 years in their organization, seven at the major-league level, the Twins cut Trevor Plouffe loose last offseason. The Athletics pounced, signing him to a one-year deal. Plouffe was their regular third baseman for much of the first half. After registering a .214/.276/.357 line, he was designated for assignment on June 15, paving the way for a trade to the Rays. Things did not fare better in Tampa, as Plouffe played sparingly until he was designated on Aug. 22. After clearing waivers, he reported to Triple-A Durham where he toiled until Sept. 4 when he was recalled. Plouffe's slash in Tampa was just .217/.275/.355, basically the same as with Oakland. His hard-hit rate was a little above average, in line with his career mark, but contact dropped precipitously. Just 31 years old, it's hard to fathom how quickly Plouffe has fallen off the cliff, not that he was anything special previously, but he was serviceable. Plouffe will likely have to settle for a minor-league deal.
Plouffe went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Yankees. Plouffe's 414-shot in the sixth closed out the scoring for the Rays on the night and was his first homer since June 21. It's been a forgettable campaign for the veteran between his stints with the Athletics and Rays, with all three elements of his .202/.272/.325 line representing his worst marks since his initial big-league cup of coffee with the Twins in 2010.
Plouffe will play third base and bat second Monday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays are giving Evan Longoria a day out of the field by deploying him as the designated hitter, so Plouffe will check into the lineup at the hot corner while Logan Morrison shuttles to the bench. Plouffe has struggled on the whole this season, but he owns a respectable .268/.343/.449 line against left-handers, which could make him a decent punt play Monday versus Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia.
Plouffe was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Plouffe will rejoin the big club in time to face his old club, the Twins. He's posted a .227/.357/.273 line over seven games since being dropped to Durham. Given his struggles at the big-league level this season -- he's slashing .204/.274/.325 in 89 games between the A's and Rays -- not much should be expected from Plouffe down the stretch.
Plouffe is expected to rejoin the Rays from Triple-A Durham in the coming days, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran slugger has been with the Bulls since Aug. 26, posting a .227/.357/.273 line with a double and one RBI over seven games. Plouffe has struggled at the big-league level with both the Athletics and Rays this season, so fantasy expectations should be tempered, to say the least.
Plouffe was designated for assignment Tuesday. Plouffe receives the news of his designation for assignment after getting off to a 3-for-17 start at the plate during the month of August. The 31-year-old is hitting just .204 on the season and will likely report to Triple-A Durham if he passes through waivers unclaimed.