Marc Topkin reports that there is a high level of interest at the winter meetings for a couple of Rays relievers. It just might not be the relievers you would think…
Word at GM meetings in Orlando is that interest is strong in free-agent relievers Benoit + Choate
By now, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there is a high-level of interest in Joaquin Benoit. He was one of the best relievers in the AL last year, and just because the Rays are anonymous to the media, doesn’t mean the players are anonymous to the other GMs.
On the other hand, interest in Randy Choate is a little surprising. While Choate had a good, if not spectacular season, lefty specialists are not that rare.
P.S. The picture at right is of Andrew Friedman at the GM meetings, with a certain local writer in the background gazing intently.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We also get the first confirmation that the Rays are listening to offers for Jason Bartlett with Jerry Crasnick saying “a bunch of teams need shortstops.” [Twitter]
- Peter Barzilai predicts that Rafael Soriano will get three years and $33 million from the Angels. [USA Today]
- Buster Olney calls the Rays bullpen the #1 personnel challenge of the off-season. [ESPN]
- Carl Crawford received votes for District 12 state senator. [Tampa Tribune]