The Rays have designated 27-year old righty swinging catcher Nevin Ashley for assignment. He was let go because the Rays needed his roster spot for newly signed DH Luke Scott. Ashley played in 112 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 100 of 380 (.263 avg, .742 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 8 homers, 48 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 576 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 512 of 1,972 (.260 avg, .731 OPS) with 265 runs scored, 39 homers, 245 RBIs and 46 stolen bases. The Rays probably won’t miss Ashley because they have Jose Molina, Robinson Chirinos and Jose Lobaton ahead of him on the depth chart.
UPDATE: (1/24/2012) - Nevin Ashley has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to AAA.