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Rays The Rays did lots of talking Tuesday at the winter meetings.

They talked to lots of other teams about a lot of trade possibilities. Though they wouldn't say much, it sounds like most of the talk had to do with centerfielder Rocco Baldelli, who is attractive to other teams because of his talent and his modest contract. Top possibilities for Baldelli include the Braves, Dodgers, Orioles, Dodgers, Tigers, and White Sox, with some also interested in Carl Crawford and/or Delmon Young.

They also talked to a number of free agents, making an offer to free-agent closer Octavio Dotel and having in-depth discussions about David Riske and Russ Springer.

Also, the Rays won't sign Japanese infielder Akinori Iwamura until Friday at the earliest, they are talking about other players in potential trades such as Jorge Cantu, they are still interested in free agent 1B Darin Erstad, and they talked with Scott Kazmir's agent about a potential long-term deal.

Infielder B.J. Upton, in town for a Baseball America banquet, said his sore left shoulder is feeling better and he would open to move to the outfield if necessary.

Former Devil Rays shortstop Julio Lugo got the free-agent money he was looking for, agreeing to a four-year, $36-million deal with Boston.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]

    

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