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Rays confident, patient in pursuit

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December

From Tuesday's print edition:

The Rays’ quest for a big hitter to join the lineup likely will carry into next year.

Executive vice president Andrew Friedman said Monday that talks with several free agents have gotten “more pointed” in the past week, but nothing is “imminent” as they continue to assess their options from a field that includes Jason Giambi, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Milton Bradley ( rumored to be headed to the Cubs), Adam Dunn and Garret Anderson, and could include Ken Griffey and Moises Alou.

“I still think we’re in good position to end up with an impact bat,” Friedman said. “We’ll continue to monitor the market and figure out the optimal time to make a deal from our standpoint and the player's. ”

Meanwhile, the one-year, $1.3-million deal with reliever Joe Nelson is expected to be made official Tuesday upon completion of his physical.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:44am]

    

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