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UPDATE: Blalock picking between Marlins, Rays

Mar 4, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

UPDATE: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times confirms that the Rays have interest in Blalock on a minor league deal.
4:44pm: Two weeks ago Matthew named Tampa Bay and Florida as the best remaining fits for Hank Blalock, and sure enough now SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the 29-year-old free agent is indeed deciding between the Rays and Marlins.
In their quest for another left-handed hitter the Rays previously missed out on Russell Branyan and would likely use Blalock to split time at designated hitter with Pat Burrell while also providing some depth behind Carlos Pena at first base and Evan Longoria at third base. For the Marlins he’d be a potential alternative to prospects Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez at first base.
At this point Blalock is probably choosing between low-money deals or perhaps even minor-league offers, so he might as well take the best opportunity for significant playing time and that’s likely Tampa Bay unless Florida is willing to hold Morrison back at Triple-A for most of the season.

  1. Ryan - Mar 4, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Hey, if Hollywood can have its own stock exchange, why not baseball? MP would be a richer man today if so…

  2. Grant - Mar 4, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Seems like this guy’s been around forever, and he’s only 29. Weird.

  3. Old Gator - Mar 4, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    I suspect that’s just because he’s been travelling closer to light speed than you have. It’s too bad he isn’t signing with Cincinnati or we could say he was Reds shifted.
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    Or something.
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    It’d be nice to see the Feesh land Blalock. He’s the type of player who tends to arrive in Macondo with a cheapo one-year contract and a lot of question marks, has a helluva year, and is let walk by Scrooge McLoria regardless in the offseason on the recommendation of his accounting firm, Bartleby and Bartleby, that he take no further action on the matter. So, we could enjoy him for a year, the price of those superfund sites on a bun they serve at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium would remain about the same without any upward pressure from Blalock’s disappearing-ink contract, and then he could move on to a team that really wants to compete.

  4. Charles Gates - Mar 5, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    I suspect that’s just because he’s been travelling closer to light speed
    This makes sense. Prolonged exposure to the a space-like enviornment can cause reduced bone density, which seems to explain why he’s recently come down with the injury bug. And obviously this must have happened in space, as opposed to Earth, or else the air-to-Hank friction would have been the no doubt cause of global warming. Not even a European scientist could lose a few emails concerning something as important as that.

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