Rays decline options on Floyd, Miller
The Rays have declined to exercise options for DH Cliff Floyd and LHP Trever Miller for the 2009 season, making both veterans free agents.
Floyd, 35, was acquired as a free agent before last season and was credited with playing a big role not only with his clubhouse presence, but on the field as a designated hitter, hitting 11 homers and racking up 39 RBI in 80 games.
Floyd suffered a right shoulder injury during the World Series and had to be taken off the postseason roster (replaced by Eric Hinske). When reached Monday, Floyd said he had further tests and found out he did tear a labrum in his shoulder; if he had surgery, doctors told him he'd be ready for spring training.
Floyd said he understood the Rays' decision -- "it's a business" -- but appeared willing to talk to the Rays about coming back, maybe at a lesser price. (Floyd's option for 2009 was $2.75-million, and Miller's was $2-million).
Either way, Floyd was thrilled to be part of the Rays' remarkable turnaround in 2008 from worst to World Series. And if a team wants him back, if the "right situation" came up, he'd consider having the surgery to be back for spring.
"It was awesome, man," Floyd said. "If this is the way I'm supposed to go out, it's unbelievable. The guys were great; we had a great time. Everybody in the organization is first class. We went through a lot this year. We grew up as a team and as a family. And it was a treat to be around guys that really wanted to work hard and make this change. I'm definitely happy to be part of it."
Miller, in his second stint with the Rays, went 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 68 games as primarily a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.
"You never know what will happen," Floyd said. "I can come back at a different rate. I can come back with a less amount. We'll see what direction they go in. If it sounds good and everybody's happy, you'll see me in camp."
Floyd and Miller join OF Rocco Baldelli and OF Eric Hinske as Rays free agents.
In other Rays news, backup C Michel Hernandez has received an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham.
-- JOE SMITH