The Rays are one of several teams interested in signing lefty reliever Brian Fuentes. Ken Rosenthal says Fuentes is looking for $5 million per season and a multi-year deal. The Rays can probably afford $5 million, but we can’t imagine they offer more than a one-year deal plus an option.
Some have speculated that the Rays may have an advantage over the other teams because they can offer Fuentes an opportunity to save games. That may be true, but only if the Rays are offering about the same amount of money. We would be shocked if Fuentes turned down significantly more money just so that he can pitch the 9th inning for a team that may contend over the 8th inning for a team that will contend.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Topkin says the Rays “could be close to getting a new closer.” [TampaBay.com]
- MLB Trade Rumors weighs the pros and cons of the Rays signing Brian Fuentes. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are not pursuing Rafael Soriano. [Fox Sports]