Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Milton Bradley got off a plane in Las Vegas at the Winter Meetings and went straight to lunch with Rays officials.

Jon Heyman adds that the Rays may be considering several of the top right field/DH free agents including Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Jason Giambi, and Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is the only member of that group that would cost the Rays a first round draft pick as a Type A free agent.

Heyman also mentions that Ken Griffey Jr would “love to play near his Orlando hometown.”

We have said previously that with the Rays already pushing $60 million in payroll for 2009, Griffey at $3-4 million might be more realistic than the other names, even if the market pushes their salaries down. Then again, if the Rays can move salary in other areas (Edwin Jackson), that might be enough to justify adding one of the players listed above at $8-10 million for one season.

Rays Take Milton Bradley To Lunch [MLB Trade Rumors]
Griffey could be good fit for Rays [SI.com]
Griffey Could Be Good Fit For Rays [Rays Index]

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  1. Surveyman82 says:

    If the Cubs are willing to deal Felix Pie to the O's, why can't we get into the mix with a Crawford/Jackson/Neimen to Padres, with Felix Pie and Giles to the Rays and send Pevey to the Cubs.

    Sounds like a bad fantasy baseball trade ...Any thoughts???

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  2. The Professor says:

    If giles at 9 million is too rich for Pads would they want Crawford at $8.25 million? Maybe

    Cubs would do this in a heartbeat.

    Personally I am not crazy about Pie but understand why othes are. It's a wash salary-wise for Rays, so it isn't crazy.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Sign Bradley 3/27 and trade Jackson to the Mets for Nick Evans.

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  4. Ghost of Quinton McCracken says:

    no doubt about it. Bradley is a great hitter. And may be the best bargain on the market.

    But gotta admit. I am really surprised the Rays would be interested given his background and the Rays history with malcontents.

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