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02/17/09 8:50 PM EST

Rays sign Kennedy to Minors deal

Veteran infielder won 2002 ALCS MVP honors with Angels

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays signed infielder Adam Kennedy to a Minor League deal on Tuesday with an invitation to Spring Training.

In 10 Major League seasons with the Angels and Cardinals, Kennedy, 33, has a .276 career average with 57 home runs and 423 RBIs.

In addition, while playing for the Angels he was the 2002 American League Championship Series MVP after hitting .357 with three home runs and five RBIs against the Twins. The Angels went on to defeat the Giants in the World Series.

"[We] talk a lot about depth, and this move is right in line with that," said Andrew Friedman, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations. "He is a tremendous defender, and we are looking forward to watching him play on a daily basis this spring."

Kennedy hit .280 with two home runs and 36 RBIs in 115 games for the Cardinals in 2008.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.