Agent Scott Boras indicated Tuesday that Blalock would activate the out clause in his Triple-A contract within the next week, forcing the Rays to either promote him to the big-league team or allow him to become a free agent and sign elsewhere.
“I would imagine that we’ll probably know something about Hank in the next seven days,’’ Boras said at Angel Stadium. “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.’’
Marc Topkin speculates that the Mariners could be interested in Blalock. Of course, the Rays could decide to finally release Pat Burrell now that he has essentially been benched by Joe Maddon.