When asked about upgrading the offense, Andrew Friedman sounds confident that something will get done, and it could get done soon (via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times)…
“We’re having a lot of conversations on both the trade front and also with free agents,” he said. “I’m confident that we’re going to end up with two hitters that will complement our existing offense and fit in very well. It’s very difficult to handicap the timing but I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened in the next couple weeks.”
Two possibilities are the return of Johnny Damon and/or Casey Kotchman. But as Topkin notes, bringing back both would not be the upgrade the team is seeking.
…realistically if the Rays are going to improve they’d have to upgrade at at least one of those positions, so at most only one would return.
That is fine by us. But at what cost and what type of upgrade? Are the Rays going to add a solid veteran bat with little downside? Or are they going to add a veteran bat with a lot of question marks (e.g. Eric Chavez)? And of course, the third possibility is to bring in a young hitter with a lot of upside, but without the guarantee that they are ready to produce in 2012.