Buster Olney is reporting this morning that the Tampa Bay Rays and free agent Troy Percival have agreed on a two-year contract which will be announced once Percival passes a physical.

The odds of the Tampa Bay Rays winning the AL pennant are 75-1, and their six-player trade with Minnesota and impending two-year signing of Troy Percival — the latter deal will be announced once he passes a physical — probably won’t alter how Las Vegas views Joe Maddon’s team.

Despite the success of Al Reyes in 2007, Troy Percival will be the team’s primary closer in 2008. Percival, missed all of 2006 due to injury, and retired at the beginning of the 2007 campaign. He changed his mind and signed mid-season with the Cardinals and appeared in 34 games, posting a 1.80 ERA allowing only 24 hits and 10 walks in 40 innings with 36 strike outs.

Rays look like future force [ESPN]



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