Freed, Wills agree to new deals
Radio broadcasters Dave Wills and Andy Freed are going to keep talking about the Rays.
Wills agreed to a new three-year contract; Freed took a one-year deal. Both say they want to stay around a long time.
“I told them I’d take one of those James Shields (or) Evan Longoria six- or seven-year deals, but we decided to start with three and go from there,’’ Wills said. “I couldn’t be happier. Everyone is looking for their comfort zone; I think I’m in mine right now.’’
Both joined the Rays in 2005 on a two-year deal, with two one-year options.
“I’d love to stay with the Rays and work with Dave forever,’’ Freed said.
The Rays are seeking to hire a TV analyst to replace Joe Magrane and hope to have a former player or manager in place next month.
Rays two-time All-Star LF Carl Crawford said he had not yet been contacted by U.S. team officials about participating in the World Baseball Classic, but if asked would be willing to play.
The Ray are among the top five choices for free-agent reliever Joe Nelson, who was contacted by nearly 20 teams after being non-tendered by the Marlins.
Agent Doug Schaer said Nelson was very impressed after talking to manager Joe Maddon and executive VP Andrew Friedman: “Nellie thinks he can help give them another bullpen option and would enjoy the chance to compete in the AL East.’’