Jon Heyman has this nugget buried at the bottom of his most recent column…
The Rays are looking or a DH and seem to like Vladimir Guerrero best, followed by Manny Ramirez.
This is interesting because Manny is represented by Scott Boras and it is well-known that Heyman is Boras’ voice to the public. So this doesn’t appear to be a case where an agent is artificially pumping up interest in their client.
Also, Jim Thome is off the market, agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Twins. While we would have loved to have seen Thome swinging the lumber for the Rays in 2011, it seemed clear that the Rays were waiting to let Thome and the Twins set the market for DH-types.
At $3 million, the Rays can now afford their pick of the litter. And if Heyman is right, that means Vlad will be the Rays’ DH in 2011.