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The Rays need to make a decision on Hank Blalock

May 12, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

hank blalock headshot rangers.jpgHank Blalock is (a) hitting 375/.435/.552 in Triple A; and (b) has the right to opt-out of his deal with the Rays and become a free agent if they don’t do something with him.  Yesterday, Scott Boras told Mark Topkin of the St. Pete Times that he’s poised to do just that:

“I would imagine that we’ll probably know something about Hank in the
next seven days. The time has come. The
time has come. He’s playing third base, obviously he’s hitting well,
he’s a young guy. The thought many teams had about players have come to fruition as
we expected in the first five-six weeks. I think a lot of people
understand Hank’s a better choice for them, so we’ll see. Obviously the
first hurdle is that Tampa Bay has to make their decision.”

He’s not wrong.  The Rays obviously don’t need a third baseman, but DH Pat Burrell isn’t hitting for squat right now and Carlos Pena is in a terrible slump and Blalock can play first base too.  Maybe the Rays think it’s too much of a jolt to team chemistry to call Blalock up to replace either of those guys, but calling him up to sit on the bench doesn’t enhance his trade value either.

The Mariners would probably trade a prospect, their moose, Ken Griffey’s pajamas and Mike Sweeney’s boxing gloves to have Blalock right now.  I’m not sure if they match up well with the Rays’ interests, of course, but I’m having a hard time seeing Tampa Bay simply let a valuable asset simply walk right now.

  1. ThatGuy - May 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    He would look awfully good playing 3rd base for the twins… Punto can’t hit for squat.

  2. APBA Guy - May 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Maybe the Rays should call up Blalock to DH and play 1st and trade Burrell cheaply to the White Sox or Mariners.

  3. Curious George - May 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Willie Aybar gets far too many unwarranted AB vs RHP. He should be the one to be replaced by Blalock.

  4. Art Vandeley - May 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Classic!!! “Ken Griffey’s pajamas and Mike Sweeney’s boxing gloves.”

  5. jwb - May 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    “trade Burrell cheaply to the White Sox or Mariners.”
    So you’re saying that you think Burrell has positive trade value?

  6. Old Gator - May 12, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Blalock’s consignment to AAA never made a lot of sense to me anyhow. I had kinda hoped the Feesh would grab him. Considering that Lamb has been designated, Peterson doesn’t seem to be able to do much with major league pitching yet, Maybin hasn’t found his footing so far this year and they clearly don’t want to rush Stanton (especially not before he vests for an aadditional year of service), Blalock would have been a pretty good pickup at a very reasonable price.
    Reasonable, that is, for everyone except Scrooge McLoria. Even low seven figures doesn’t cut it for a tightwad who apparently believes that extra touchases in the seats means extra expense for concessionaires, parking monitors and security personnel. Or something like that.

  7. MVD - May 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    If he could have played all his games in AAA, would he be a Hall-Of-Famer.

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