Marc Topkin reports that the Rays will sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league deal in the next couple of days. Lopez spent most of the 2010 season with the Cardinals hitting .231 with 7 home runs and 8 stolen bases, before being picked up by the Red Sox in September for 4 games.

Lopez will be 31 during the 2011 season. And by signing Lopez to a minor league deal, the Red Sox will not receive a compensatory draft pick. Lopez is a Type B free agent.

In the meantime, technically, the Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon deals are not official. The Rays still need to clear room on the 40-man roster and those moves are expected to be made today. Our guess is that the Rays were still trying to work out a minor trade or two last night.


  • What if the Rays moved Johnny Damon to first base and made Manny Ramirez the *gulp* everyday left fielder. Could the Rays now signVladimir Guerrero to be the DH? *sigh* Take it away Ken Rosenthal (Ed. note: The Rays never deviate 180 degrees from their philosophy, so there is no reason to think they will this time either).[MLB Buzz]
  • We will post a highlight video of yesterday’s press conference in a little bit. In the meantime, Roger Mooney [HERE] and Marc Topkin [HERE] have some quotes. Maybe the most interesting quote came from Manny Ramirez who confirmed he had a bigger offer from at least one team.
  • Marc Topkin and Tom Jones offer their first impressions of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon (Video). [The Heater]
  • Joe Henderson writes that Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon may make the Rays better, but they definitely make the Rays more interesting. []
  • What? Carl Crawford is not a lazy slob? Who knew? (and yes, we’re being sarcastic) []
  • And don’t forget your “Morning Cup of Joe.” [Joe Bucs Fan]

So which one is Peaches?





  1. Charles says:

    I saw the brief back & forth between you and Rosenthal on Twitter yesterday about signing Vlad. Trust me, that article did not require reading before laughing it off and moving on.

  2. Joe says:

    It is the dumbest idea ever if the guy has any idea what the Rays like to focus on. Even signed Kotchman and will probably give him a real chance because of our love for defense which will only be kinda bad in LF. Now Rosenthal says we should have Manny or Vlad in the field? First of all, we aren't trying to outscore everyone to win, that never works so we can have horrible defense to go along with our scary pen. Second of all, if any team ever did this, why in gods name is the best defender of the 3 playing 1B? You let Manny/Vlad rotate standing at 1B, other plays DH, Damon plays LF.

    No thanks, I am fine with our current offense, I want a RP not another hitting only player.

  3. Don says:

    Media still trying to give away that 1st base job...when its already tied up barring any disasters in spring training......
    Damon is playing LF, Manny DH.....listen... and the media can stop making up stories to print!

  4. phil says:

    it all comes down to the bullpen!

  5. Joe says:

    I heard a different rumor about Damon being our 1B but this one I like. Jennings may not be AAA bound after all, Damon is going to play a lot of 1B in the Spring and here's to hoping Jennings has a monster Spring and forces the Rays hand.

    If they make McGee a closer, they would have 3 way race on their team for ROTY.


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