The Rays may not be done adding relievers, and now they are setting their sight a bit higher.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Rays are one team that will become more active in pursuing former Phillies closer Ryan Madson if he has trouble finding the right deal and his price comes down.
Madson is reportedly seeking a 4-year, $44 million deal. But if that doesn’t happen, he could take a 1-year deal and try again next year.
It’s a long-shot, but the Rays have written a big check to Rafael Soriano, so they could do it again.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays are one of several teams showing interest in Eric Chavez. He can play first base, but the assumption is that the Rays would want him as a DH. [MLBTR]
- Let’s pretend Harbor Island is in Tampa Bay (the actual body of water). Would this work? Harbor Island is 177 acres and you only need 12-15 for a stadium. [BRaysball Talk]
- Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Rays were “heavy on” Coco Crisp. [@SusamSlusser]
- There were reports that the Rays were showing interest in Rockies outfielder Seth Smith. Either those reports were incorrect, or the Rays lost interest as Troy E. Renck says the Rays are “not in the hunt.” [Denver Post]
- Rays Prospects has all of the 2012 minor league coaching staffs. The list includes former Devil Ray Paul Hoover, who had 21 at bats with the D-Rays in 2001-02. [Rays Prospects]
- Last week I spent 24 straight hours watching the brand new battle between ESPN and NBC Sports. Here is the result. [BI Sports]
- At one point it looked like the Bucs were close to naming Mike Sherman as their next head coach. But the Bucs still have several interviews scheduled this week with some big names. [Joe Bucs Fan]