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Ray Durham | Second Baseman

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (42) / 11/30/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 204
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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ESPN.com reports that Ray Durham rejected the Nationals' minor league contract offer.
The deal would have invited him to spring training and paid the 37-year-old veteran $800,000 if he made the team. Durham is said to be pondering retirement due to his lack of offers, but apparently he's holding out for a major league deal. Tue, Feb 10, 2009 12:14:00 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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According to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, free agent second baseman Ray Durham is considering retirement due to a lack of potential suitors.

The man simply can't find a job. "I haven't even had an offer to turn down this winter," Durham said Friday. "If I had something to think about, I could at least weigh my options one way or another. I haven't even had anything to say 'no' to.'' The 37-year-old is coming off one of his better offensive seasons. He hit .289/.380/.432 with six dingers and 45 RBI in 370 at-bats while playing for the Giants and Brewers.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Feb 7, 2009 11:38:00 AM

Ray Durham was replaced in Friday's game because his strained right hamstring was still bothering him.

That's what gave Rickie Weeks a chance to hit a three-run homer, increasing the Brewers' lead from one run to four. The Cubs are throwing lefties the next two days, so Weeks will likely start at second base. Durham should be available as a pinch-hitter.
Sat, Sep 27, 2008 01:10:00 AM

Ray Durham rejoined the starting lineup on Tuesday and went 0-for-4 against the Pirates.

Durham missed two games because of a mild right hamstring strain.
Tue, Sep 23, 2008 11:58:00 PM

Ray Durham is out of Saturday's lineup after leaving Friday's game in the fourth inning with a right hamstring strain.

Rickie Weeks is starting at second base. Durham might not return this weekend.
Sat, Sep 20, 2008 01:14:00 PM

Ray Durham left Friday’s game in the fourth inning with a right hamstring strain.

But even that didn't get Rickie Weeks into the game, as the Brewers opted to move Craig Counsell to second and insert Mike Lamb at third. Perhaps that will be the regular arrangement if Durham has to miss additional time.
Fri, Sep 19, 2008 09:31:00 PM

Ray Durham was used as a pinch-hitter on Monday and flied out.

Durham hadn't made an appearance since Tuesday because of a strained right shoulder.
Tue, Sep 2, 2008 02:08:00 AM

Ray Durham left Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning with a right shoulder strain.

He's considered day-to-day. Rickie Weeks will likely start over him at second base for the next few days.
Wed, Aug 27, 2008 12:14:00 AM

Ray Durham drove in three runs that helped the Brewers beat the Astros on Monday.

Durham doubled in the fourth inning, scoring Jason Kendall. He then singled in the sixth to score Kendall again and finished off the Brew Crew's scoring with another double in the eighth that also scored Kendall. Durham is hitting .283 with 38 RBI this season.
Mon, Aug 18, 2008 10:58:00 PM

Ray Durham homered, doubled and walked Saturday versus the Nationals.

The solo homer gave him his first RBI as a Brewer. Rickie Weeks still has the nifty .290/.400/.452 line since the All-Star break, but he isn't getting a chance to start more than two games in a row. However, it's hard to blame manager Ned Yost for wanting to keep Durham involved. That neither is a realistic option at any position other than second makes for a difficult situation.
Sat, Aug 9, 2008 09:31:00 PM

Ray Durham had a double in four at-bats on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised shin.

Durham started over Rickie Weeks in a second straight game despite Weeks' recent strong showing at the plate. It looks like the Brewers feel he's the better defensive second baseman of the two.
Thu, Jul 31, 2008 12:30:00 AM

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Ray Durham was scheduled to begin seeing more playing time at second base prior to leaving Tuesday's game with a right shin contusion.

Rickie Weeks has hit .286/.400/.536 in nine games since Durham was acquired, but made an error Monday. "We'll just see," manager Ned Yost said. "We'll go with our best combination on any night, take it day to day and go with matchups."
Wed, Jul 30, 2008 10:47:00 AM

Ray Durham left Tuesday's game in the seventh inning with a right shin contusion.

Durham was hurt while hitting in the fifth. Craig Counsell took his place two innings later. Durham was starting at second base tonight after poor defense from Rickie Weeks cost the Brewers severely in Monday's loss.
Tue, Jul 29, 2008 10:33:00 PM

Making his second start since joining the Brewers, Ray Durham doubled twice, walked and scored three runs Saturday in a 6-4 win over the Astros.

Durham got the nod tonight because he had nice career numbers against Brandon Backe and Rickie Weeks didn't. Weeks has been hitting well of late (.346/.471/.577 in seven games since the break), so the starting job remains his.
Sat, Jul 26, 2008 10:31:00 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants will pay "roughly half" of the $3 million remaining on Ray Durham's contract as part of Sunday's trade to the Brewers.

That explains how San Francisco was able to get two players for Durham, although both prospects are marginal. Durham waived his no-trade clause in order to get the deal done and will receive a $20,000 trade bonus from the Brewers as part of his contract. It remains to be seen how much playing time he'll get in Milwaukee, but at the very least he figures to replace Rickie Weeks at second base against tough right-handers.
Mon, Jul 21, 2008 09:13:00 AM

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