C Gregg Zaun files for free agency
As expected, C Gregg Zaun filed for free agency Wednesday.
But the 15-year-veteran has said he'd love to return to the Rays, who are at the top of his list. Zaun played in 34 games for Tampa Bay after getting acquired from the Orioles, and was praised for both his performance at the plate (especially against right-handers) and his professionalism.
The Rays declined to pick up Zaun's $2 million option for 2010 on Monday, but executive VP Andrew Friedman said that was not, by any means, indicative of their future plans, it's just that early November is too early to commit right now.
Zaun, who lives in Palm Harbor, told the Times Monday night he'll still be in contact with the Rays this winter, and see if they want to work something out.
- JOE SMITH