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Damon, Sheffield interested in Rays



 The Rays are looking for a couple of hitters, and there’s a pair of proven veterans looking to join them.

Both Johnny Damon and Gary Sheffield said Tuesday night they are interested in signing with the Rays.

Damon, 37, talked with the Rays last spring before signing with Detroit, but they didn’t have a regular role for him, not with Carl Crawford in leftfield and Pat Burrell at DH. Now the Rays have an opening in leftfield, and Damon - who is looking for a team close to his Orlando home - would like to fill it.

Tampa’s Sheffield, 42, wants to play again after sitting out last season, and very much would like to do so as the DH for his hometown team. Sheffield, who has 509 career homers, said financial terms wouldn’t be an issue: “We can work that out.’’




[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 12:15am]


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