Devil Rays sign Randall Simon

Updated: August 20, 2004, 3:25 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed first baseman-designated hitter Randall Simon on Thursday.

Simon was released by Pittsburgh last Saturday. He hit just .194 with three home runs and 14 RBIss in 61 games with the Pirates.

Simon, 29, has a career batting average of .285 in 506 games. He spent most of last season with the Pirates before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. He re-signed with the Pirates in February, a one-year deal worth $800,000 with a club option for 2005.

Simon's mother died this past spring, and he injured his hamstring early in the season. The injury nagged him for several weeks.

His time with the Pirates might be best remembered for an incident in July 2003 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, when he struck one of the Brewers' racing sausages with his bat during a game. Simon was cited for disorderly conduct, posting $432 bond which he later forfeited, ending the case.

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