- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. | The Tampa Bay Rays are counting on Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to help them remain competitive in baseball’s toughest division.

The free-agent outfielders officially became the newest additions to the defending AL East champions on Tuesday, signing one-year contracts to fill a couple of holes on a roster depleted by the departure of several key players, including All-Star Carl Crawford and slugger Carlos Pena.

Damon agreed to a $5.25 million deal that includes a chance to earn $750,000 in bonuses based on attendance.

Ramirez gets $2 million from the cost-conscious Rays — well below the $20 million he made last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.


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