Live from Nashville, Wednesday evening report: Some "really exciting" possibilities
Though the Rays have added two front-line infielders this week in 1B James Loney and SS Yunel Escobar, they are still looking to add one to two position players, and they could be interesting additions.
"I think we're narrowing down the potential scenarios in how we construct our roster,'' executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "There's a few potential outcomes that are really exciting to us and we're going to work toward trying to make them materialize.''
The Rays need a DH and either an outfielder or a righthanded first baseman to split Loney - or, even better, someone who can do both - though they have also discussed scenarios where they piece together a lineup from what they have.
Trade discusssions involviing their starting pitchers have also continued, with James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson the main focus. It's possible one could be traded to fill a current need or for players who will help in the future.
The Rays also have to fill a couple holes in their bullpen, and it seems less likely they will be able to retain J.P. Howell given the size of contracts some other lefty relievers are getting, such as Randy Choate getting $7.5-million over three years from St. Louis.
At this point, they have three relievers set in Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee, with Cesar Ramos, who is out of options, a likely fourth. Wade Davis seems more likely to return to the rotation - or be traded - so they will need three more. One spot is likely to be filled from the trio of Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke and Dane De La Rosa.