ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Pitcher Brian Meadows is no longer a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after the team Friday declined to sign him for the 2007 season.
It declined its signing option on the 30-year-old right-hander after a 2006 season with a 3-6 record, eight saves, and a 5.17 earned run average in 69 2/3 innings, mostly in long relief.
He walked 15 batters and had 35 strikeouts.
"I wanted to come back; I enjoyed it there," Meadows said on the team's Web site. "I liked playing there; I like (Manager) Joe (Maddon) and I like the staff, but that's just the way the game is. There's still a possibility that I might go back [to the Rays as a free agent], but the chances went down a good bit."
In 336 career games, with Florida, Kansas City, San Diego, Pittsburgh and the Devil Rays, Meadows is 47-62 with 10 saves and a 5.05 ERA.