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Jerry Sands | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Rays coach Dave Martinez said Saturday that Jerry Sands will get a look at third base this spring in an effort to further increase his versatility.
Rays manager Joe Maddon loves players who are versatile defensively, and Sands can increase his chances of making the team with each new position he can learn. He currently has the ability to man first base or either corner outfield spot. The 26-year-old is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with three homers and six RBI in Grapefruit League play. Mar 15 - 1:05 PM

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Rays sent OF/1B Jerry Sands outright to Triple-A Durham.

Sands cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. The 26-year-old will receive an invite to major league spring training and should be useful depth to have around.
Jan 9 - 4:36 PM

Rays designated OF/1B Jerry Sands for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Pedro Figueroa on the 40-man roster. Sands was just claimed off waivers from the Pirates before the holidays and could be on the move again soon.
Jan 7 - 1:32 PM

Rays claimed OF/1B Jerry Sands off waivers from the Pirates.

Sands, a former top prospect of the Dodgers, struggled in 2013 with the Pirates' Triple-A team and did not receive a major league at-bat. The 26-year-old is doubtful to make the Rays' Opening Day roster next spring.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Pirates designated OF/1B Jerry Sands for assignment.

The former highly-touted prospect spent the majority of the season toiling away at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he slashed a meager .207/.311/.329 with seven homers and 34 RBI in 106 games. There's still plenty of potential in his bat though, and it wouldn't be surprising to see another team willing to take a chance on him.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:22:00 PM

Jerry Sands has been suspended for one game for entering the stands during a confrontation with fans in a game in Toledo.

A fan was reportedly heckling and throwing peanuts at Brandon Inge, who is on a rehab assignment. Sands and Felix Pie were at least two of Inge's teammates that came to his defense, though it sounds like Sands went a little over the line. Still, it's no big deal.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Pirates optioned OF/1B Jerry Sands, INF Clint Robinson and RHPs Vic Black, Stolmy Pimentel, Hunter Strickland and Duke Welker to Triple-A Indianapolis.

No surprises in this bunch. The Pirates have a log jam at first base and their corner outfield spots right now, but we wouldn't rule out Sands making an impact at some point this season.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Pirates acquired OF/1B Jerry Sands, RHPs Stolmy Pimentel and Mark Melancon and INF Ivan DeJesus, Jr. from the Pirates for RHP Joel Hanrahan and INF Brock Holt.

Sands has posted some huge numbers in the Pacific Coast League, but owns a .244/.325/.376 batting line through 251 plate appearances in the majors. However, it's worth taking a flier on power potential. The Pirates already have a bit of a log jam between first base and the corner outfield spots, so it's not clear how he'll fit in.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 01:08:00 PM

ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that Jerry Sands is involved in the Joel Hanrahan trade.

Sands is the only confirmed player that's involved so far. He was acquired from the Dodgers as the player-to-be-named later in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, and has a .244/.325/.376 batting line through 251 plate appearances in the majors. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Jose Iglesias is not currently being offered by the Red Sox.
Sat, Dec 22, 2012 03:57:00 PM

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at last week's General Manager Meetings that Jerry Sands could be a platoon option at first base.

The Red Sox are looking at high-profile free agents like Adam LaRoche and Mike Napoli, so Sands would be more of a fallback option. The 25-year-old was acquired from the Dodgers as a player-to-be-named later in the Adrian Gonzalez. He has posted impressive numbers in the minors, but owns a lousy 244/.325/.376 batting line through 251 plate appearances in the majors. Given his contact issues and platoon splits, he's best utilized as a right-handed bat off the bench.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 09:31:00 AM

Red Sox acquired 1B/OF Jerry Sands from the Dodgers to complete the Adrian Gonzalez trade.

The Red Sox also got right-handers Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, first baseman James Loney and infielder Ivan De Jesus in the mega-deal. Loney is due to hit free agency this offseason. Sands has posted some big numbers in the minors, but owns a .244/.325/.376 batting line through 251 plate appearances in the majors. However, there's a chance he could turn into a useful right-handed bat off the bench at the very least.
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 05:16:00 PM

Jerry Sands is one of the PTBNLs in the nine-player trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers.

Sands will join up with the Red Sox once the regular season is over. The 24-year-old outfielder has posted some gaudy power numbers in the Dodgers' system and should be eventually be an everyday contributor in Boston.
Sat, Aug 25, 2012 05:41:00 PM

Dodgers optioned OF Jerry Sands to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Sands has hit just .174/.208/.261 in nine games this season in the major leagues. The 24-year-old should be given another shot when rosters expand in September.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 08:40:00 AM

Dodgers recalled OF/1B Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque.

He'll replace Tony Gwynn Jr. on the active roster. Sands, 24, posted a .931 OPS in 418 plate appearances for the Isotopes last year and is currently rocking a .286/.367/.518 slash line for the same team over 95 games in 2012. He's proven to have mastered minor league pitching and the Dodgers will now give him an extended look in the bigs. Sands figures to get most of his at-bats against left-handed pitchers, possibly in place of James Loney at first base, which limits his fantasy value.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:39:00 PM

Dodgers optioned OF Jerry Sands to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Sands gets the boot to clear a 25-man roster spot for Matt Kemp. He was 4-for-20 in eight big league games.
Tue, May 29, 2012 06:08:00 PM

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