Two potential relievers for the Rays signed with the A’s over the weekend. First it was Grant Balfour signing a deal that is reportedly a two-year contract for $8.1 million. Then the A’s signed Brian Fuentes to a two-year deal for $10.5 million.
The Rays came into the off-season needing to completely overhaul their bullpen. And while they have been able to fill in those pieces in the past with cheap one-year deals, the free agency market threw Andrew Friedman a sucker-punch. All the decent relievers are getting multi-year deals, and the Rays just don’t want to go down that road.
The one potential closer still out there is Jon Rauch. Roger Mooney wonders if the Rays should go after the 6’11″ right-hander. [Rays Report]
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- I’m sure this will cause Eric Hahman to throw a hissy fit (again), so I apologize for tooting my own horn but…my story from Friday about the Yankees paying their bullpen more than the Rays entire roster got referenced on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” on Friday. And well, I think that is pretty damn cool. *steps down from the soap box, raises arms and slowly backs away*
- Kwang Min Park spoke with recently-acquired Hak-Ju Lee, who wants to be in the big leagues by June…Let’s keep in mind that Lee just turned 20 and has never played above single-A. So pardon us if we are skeptical. [Twitter]
- Looks like the Yankees are going to land Andruw Jones. The Rays had shown interest, but all indications are that they are targeting Vladimir Guerrero with Manny Ramirez as plan B. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- David Grotz points out that the signing of Rafael Soriano doesn’t cure the Yankees biggest problem, their starting rotation. [NESN]
- Jeremy Hellickson was honored by his high school in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday during “Jeremy Hellickson Appreciation Night.” [Des Moines Register]
- Is Josh Freeman really as good as this past season suggested? [JoeBucsFan]