Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports (are we obligated to include the exclamation point?) reported late last night (via Twitter) that the Rays and Johnny Damon “appear to be closing in on a deal.” Brown adds that there is “still some work to be done.”
We had heard the Rays were also pursuing Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez. And considering the Rays’ need for a right-handed bat, we thought those other players would be higher on their list. But it appears now that those players are close to deals with other teams, leading the Rays to turn their attention to Damon.