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Rays acquire infielder Roberts from Diamondbacks

ST. PETERSBURG - The Tampa Bay Rays acquired infielder Ryan Roberts from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league second baseman Tyler Bortnick late Tuesday. Roberts is expected to join the team in Baltimore, with a corresponding move to be announced. Roberts, 31, hit .250 with six home runs, 34 RBI and six stolen bases in 83 games for Arizona this season. He played primarily third base (60 games, 57 starts) and also spent time at second base (eight games, six starts) and left field. He is 6-for-18 (.333) as a pinch-hitter. Roberts batted .249 last season for the Diamondbacks with 19 home runs, 65 RBI, 25 doubles, 18 stolen bases, 66 walks and a .341 on-base percentage. Bortnick, 25, had spent the entire season with Double-A Montgomery, batting .253 (88-for-348) with four home runs, 48 RBI, 18 doubles, eight triples and 23 stolen bases in 95 games.
The move gives the Rays some added infield depth while Even Longoria recovers from a torn hamstring. Manager Joe Maddon said he expects Longoria to begin a rehab assignment soon, maybe during the Rays' current road trip, and could return as a DH.  
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