Interest in the Rays two best free agent relief pitchers is starting to heat up. First we have Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox are looking at Rafael Soriano…
The White Sox are checking into free-agent closer Rafael Soriano, yet another indication they may trade or non-tender Bobby Jenks. The Rays figure to lose Soriano and several of their other relievers as free agents and lack the flexibility to buy comparable replacements.
Meanwhile, Jim Bowden is reporting (via Twitter) that the Phillies pursuit of Joaquin Benoit is “serious according to team sources.”
The level of interest early on shouldn’t come as a surprise. Keith Law called Soriano and Benoit, two of the three best relief pitchers on the market.
We don’t mean to piss in your Wheaties, but now that we have heard Benoit’s name associated with a big market team and the word “serious,” that should remove what little hope we all had for the Rays to re-sign Benoit and serve as next season’s closer.