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  1. Mets will send scout to watch Scott Kazmir throw

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir isn’t getting a lot of attention from teams as he attempts to make a comeback, and understandably so. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3 of last season, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs for the Angels. Before that, he had fallen off badly after…

  2. Rafael Soriano is willing to be a setup man for the Yankees

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano‘s agent, Scott Boras, told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that the former Rays closer would be willing to serve as a setup man on the Yankees, saying “that door is open for a number of different reasons.” Here’s more from Boras on Soriano’s potential interest in setting up Mariano Rivera in New York: I…

  3. Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    In their ongoing effort to rebuild the bullpen the Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. Delcarmen was traded from the Red Sox to the Rockies in August and then non-tendered last month after posting a 4.99 ERA and 38/32 K/BB ratio in 52 innings between…

  4. Rays interested in Brian Fuentes as their new closer

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to the Red Sox for most of the offseason, but now Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays are interested in signing the veteran southpaw to be their new closer. Fuentes served as a setup man for the Twins down the stretch after coming over in…

  5. Orioles have “definite interest” in free agent Grant Balfour

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    There hasn’t been much speculation surrounding Grant Balfour, largely because he’s a Type A free agent and most teams aren’t keen on surrendering a first-round draft pick to sign a non-closer reliever. In fact, Balfour declining the Rays’ arbitration offer last month was viewed by many as a surprise because of how much the draft…

  6. Desmond Jennings no sure thing to replace Carl Crawford

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    For the past year or so most people have assumed that the Rays would replace Carl Crawford in left field with top prospect Desmond Jennings, a 23-year-old speedster who’s drawn frequent comparisons to Crawford while coming up through the minors. However, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times “the most likely scenario” for…

  7. Rays and Angels join Yankees with interest in Johnny Damon

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed Johnny Damon‘s chances of returning to New York and Damon himself indicated that it was an unlikely fit because he’s drawing interest from multiple other teams offering regular playing time. According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday–who had the Yankees’ interest in Damon before everyone else–those other teams…

  8. Padres interested in Brad Hawpe as cheap option at first base

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

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    With the Nationals and Orioles seemingly fighting over Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee at first base the Padres have turned their attention to Brad Hawpe, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. After hitting at least .285 with 20-plus homers and an OPS above .875 in four straight seasons Hawpe struggled last year, getting released by…

  9. Octavio Dotel getting interest from Rays, Pirates, Blue Jays

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Rays, Pirates, and Blue Jays are among the teams interested in free agent reliever Octavio Dotel. Pittsburgh being in the mix is interesting, because the Pirates signed Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal as a free agent last offseason and then traded him to the Dodgers…

  10. Rays agree to terms on $900,000 deal with Joel Peralta

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with right-hander Joel Peralta on a one-year, $900,000 deal. After back-to-back rough years Peralta had to earn his way back to the majors with a dominant stint at Triple-A as a 34-year-old and then pitched brilliantly for the Nationals with a 2.02 ERA,…

  11. Red Sox “discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After losing out on several of their reported top bullpen targets the Red Sox “are discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Keeping the ball in the ballpark has been Wheeler’s weakness, with 28 homers allowed in 172 innings over the past three seasons, but he still…

  12. Marlins sign Randy Choate to two-year, $2.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Florida’s bullpen makeover continues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins have signed left-handed specialist Randy Choate to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Choate is a Type B free agent and Tampa Bay smartly offered him arbitration, so the Rays will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds for…

  13. What’s the hold up? Rays and Padres still haven’t finalized Jason Bartlett trade

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

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    It’s been six days since the Rays and Padres were said to have agreed upon a trade sending Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, yet the deal is still “on hold” and no one seems quite sure what’s going on. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union…

  14. San Diego’s trade for Jason Bartlett “is off, at least for now”

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    Yesterday the Padres and Rays seemingly had agreed on a deal that would send shortstop Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell. At one point several sources described the trade as completed, pending the usual physical exams and paperwork, and when contacted by reporters Bartlett indicated the Rays had told…

  15. Dodgers close to signing Dioner Navarro to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

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    In a move that would seemingly rule out a return to Los Angeles for Russell Martin and likely send minor-league veteran A.J. Ellis back Triple-A for another season, Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com reports that the Dodgers are close to signing Dioner Navarro to a one-year deal. Navarro played for the Dodgers in 2005 and part…

  16. UPDATE: Rays and Orioles no longer working on Bartlett for Reimold swap

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for that. Multiple sources are now reporting that the Bartlett-for-Reimold talks hit a snag and the deal is unlikely to happen. Perhaps the Orioles came to their senses. ========== It’s no secret that the Rays have been trying to trade Jason Bartlett and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re…

  17. Cubs talk to Scott Boras about first baseman Carlos Pena

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Apparently looking to replace Derrek Lee at first base with another veteran the Cubs have talked to agent Scott Boras about Carlos Pena, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Muskat reports that general manager Jim Hendy met with Boras to “discuss” Pena, but no salary figures were exchanged. Pena continued to show tons of power…

  18. Rays reportedly on the verge of trading Jason Bartlett

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    An already underwhelming crop of free agent shortstops has seen Juan Uribe, Jhonny Peralta, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka come off the market and now it sounds like the Rays are ready to trade Jason Bartlett to one of the teams still looking to fill the position. Bartlett is coming off a sub par season and will…

  19. Rays release Jose Julio Ruiz five months after signing him

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    In early June the Rays signed Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz to a minor-league contract that included a unique stipulation where they had to decide by mid-November whether to give him a four-year, $4 million deal or let him go. At the time of the initial signing Ruiz was viewed as a solid prospect…

  20. Orioles “have had trade discussions” about J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “have had trade discussions” with the Twins about J.J. Hardy and with the Rays about Jason Bartlett. Cesar Izturis was Baltimore’s starting shortstop this year, but he’s a free agent the team is clearly looking for an upgrade offensively. Previous reports had the Rays shopping…

  21. Tigers sign Joaquin Benoit to three-year, $16.5 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes says the deal is for three years and $16.5 million, with another $1 million in incentives each season. MLB Trade Rumors notes that it’s the biggest contract signed by a non-closer reliever since Scott Linebrink in November of 2007. ========== According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Tigers “are…

  22. Akinori Iwamura returns to Japan after four MLB seasons

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Akinori Iwamura left Japan in November of 2006 at age 28, signing a three-year, $7.7 million contract with Tampa Bay after the Rays paid a $4.55 million posting fee just for the rights to negotiate with him. He gave the Rays a solid return on that investment for two-and-a-half seasons, hitting .281/.354/.393 with good defense…

  23. Look past ERA and Chad Qualls can be a free agent bargain

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    With a 7.32 ERA in 59 innings split between two teams Chad Qualls had a dreadful season, but most of that can be blamed on a .399 batting average on balls in play that was the worst in all of baseball among the 327 pitchers who logged at least 50 innings. In fact, Qualls was…

  24. Gregg Zaun wants to play for the Rays in 2011 at age 40

    Nov 10, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Gregg Zaun missed most of this season following shoulder surgery, but the 40-year-old catcher plans to play in 2011 and recently told Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio that he’d prefer it be for the Rays. Zaun played 34 games for the Rays in 2009 after being acquired from the Orioles in midseason trade, but…

  25. Would you believe the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team” for Cliff Lee?

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team in the competition to land” Cliff Lee, quoting “one baseball insider” as saying: “They’re going to step up and try to get a top free agent. They’d like to make a splash.” Perhaps, but the odds of the top free agent on…

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