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More from Rays announcement



A couple of other items from the Rays most entertaining media conference introducing Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez:

* The corresponding moves to make room for Damon and Ramirez on the 40-man roster were not announced, suggesting the Rays are seeking to make a small trade or get someone through waivers, and may not be today. To get around that, the Damon and Ramirez deals might not be officially finished so they don't have to be added yet. Would still seem like the two deletions will come from the group of Leslie Anderson, Rob Delaney, Sam Fuld, Mike Ekstrom, Jose Lobaton, Justin Ruggiano.

* The Rays may still add a veteran infielder on a minor-league deal. One name to keep in mind is Felipe Lopez.

* Executive VP Andrew Friedman said he is "still focused" on adding an established reliever but that it's "tough to say" if anything will line up.

* Manager Joe Maddon insisted he hadn't decided on a batting order, weighing whether to hit Damon first or second with John Jaso and maybe B.J. Upton sharing time at the top. He is also unsure on whether to hit Ramirez ahead or behind Evan Longoria, but is leaning toward behind.

* Damon will be the primary leftfielder, and may fill in at times at DH. Ramirez will be used rarely in the outfield, maybe just during interleague games.

* As reported last night, Ramirez switched back to No. 24 and Damon took 22. Dan Johnson switches from 24 to 29. Also, new 1B Casey Kotchman will get Carlos Pena's No. 23. Carl Crawford's 13 has not been assigned, and likely won't for a while.



[Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:15am]


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