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Meetings update: Nothing doing for Rays - yet anyway



Rays officials have been working and talking nearly around the clock - and have both free agent and trade offers extended - but were not close to any deals as of early Tuesday evening.

"We've continued dialogue with a number of teams and agents and we've refined it a little bit,'' executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "But I wouldn't say that there's been significant momentum in the last 24 hours but we have a decent feel for various things that we might be able to do.''

Some deals could be done independently and some would require an accompanying move, Friedman said. There was nothing the Rays were sitting on they were ready to say yes to.

Friedman said they were "talking to a number of offensive players that we feel like fit us," which makes it sound their pursuit of OF/DH Josh Willingham has not necessarily progressed. 

Among other items of interest, the Rays:

* Will be among the teams scouting free-agent reliever Joel Zumaya at his workout next week.

* Are not the mystery team that bid on Japanese free agent INF Hiroyuki Nakajima.

* Were not among the teams that job-seeking free agent Manny Ramirez supposedly personally called.

* Continue to consider bringing back their own free agents, DH Johnny Damon and 1B Casey Kotchman.  "They're still very prominent in all of our internal conversations,'' Freidman said.





[Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:41am]


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