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01/09/2006 6:58 PM ET
Rays name Carlos Alfonso director of international operations; Mike Cubbage Major League scout
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have named Carlos Alfonso Director of International Operations and Mike Cubbage Major League Scout, it was announced today.

Alfonso, 55, will enter his 39th season in professional baseball having taken on a variety of roles from front office posts to coaching assignments throughout the Caribbean in his career. He joins the Rays having spent the previous 19 seasons with the San Francisco Giants organization, where he served on the Major League staff the past 10 years, including the last six seasons as the club's administrative coach. He acted as the organization's coordinator of Latin America operations in 1995.

Alfonso will oversee the team's International Scouting and Baseball Operations efforts with an initial focus on Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

"We are extremely excited about the addition of Carlos Alfonso," said Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. "One of the most important objectives that we wanted to accomplish this offseason was to expand our footprint in player procurement to the International markets. This is a first step toward what we feel will be a very successful endeavor."

Originally signed by the Houston Astros as a catcher/infielder in 1968, Alfonso converted to a full-time pitcher in 1971 playing for nine seasons in all, including six in winter ball in Latin America. He spent 10 years (1977-86) as a coach in the Astros organization at the Major and Minor League levels before joining the Giants. A resident of Naples, Fla., Alfonso attended the University of South Florida and Florida International University.

Cubbage, 55, has spent more than 30 years in professional baseball, most recently as a scout with the Houston Astros. Prior to that, he served as third base coach with the Boston Red Sox for two seasons. He manned the same position with the Astros for four seasons (1997-2000) before serving as Larry Dierker's bench coach in 2001. He also spent 13 years in the New York Mets organization, including seven at the Major League level.

"Mike is one of the best all-around baseball men that I have been around during my baseball career. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization," said Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Gerry Hunsicker.

A second-round pick of the Washington Senators in 1971, Cubbage batted .258 with 34 home runs and 251 RBIs in his eight-year Major League career with the Rangers, Twins and Mets.

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