Here are some Hot Stove odds and ends…

  • Marc Topkin reports that the Rays have shown interest in Marlins shortstop Yunel Escobar, who caused a bit of stir this past season by writing a gay slur on his eyeblack during a game. []
  • In the same report, Topkin says the Rays remain interested in re-signing Ben Francisco.
  • We have already heard some chatter about the Rays and Nationals talking trade. Now Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are interested in James Shields. [CBS Sports]
  • The Houston Astros have their eyes on Carlos Pena to be their first DH in the AL. []
  • This is a weird one: Adam Rubin says the Mets contacted the Rays about trading for Joel Peralta whom the Rays just re-signed as a free agent. So, instead of just giving up money for the pitcher, they want to give up money and prospects? []
  • Jon Paul Morosi says the Rays are one of several teams that have shown interest in reliever Mark Lowe. [Fox Sports]
  • Joe Torre calls James Loney “a mystery” offensively. []
  • Scott Kazmir is throwing 90-94 and drawing “a lot of interest”  from “multiple teams.” [Jon Heyman]






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