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The Rays are interested in Ryan Theriot

Jan 7, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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While the Rays are still weighing their options for first base and designated hitter, Ken Rosenthal of reports that they also have interest in Ryan Theriot as a right-handed hitting utility infielder.

Theriot was non-tendered by the Cardinals last month after batting .271/.321/.342 with one home run, 47 RBI and a .662 OPS over 483 plate appearances in 2011 while splitting time between shortstop and second base. The 32-year-old stole just four bases in 10 attempts last season after reaching double-digits in steals in each of the previous six seasons.

Theriot is a bad fit as an everyday player at this point, but he does have a .301/.373/.401 batting line against southpaws during his career. That could make him pretty useful in a middle infield with the likes of Reid Brignac, Sean Rodriguez and Elliot Johnson.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said this afternoon that he is having conversations in both the free agent and trade markets and is confident he’ll secure two hitters, perhaps within the “next couple of weeks.”

  1. gatorays - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Not really the guy i think of when they say “a hitter”.

    • 78mu - Jan 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      Watching him play SS last season I figured it was his hitting that got him to the majors.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    He’s not a bad utility player but his career is on life support.

  3. brockohol - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    awful fielder…can go on a few hot streaks here and there at the plate. the 4 sb may be as much a result of cardinals not running as it was loosing a step

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