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Rays still talking with Navarro, Aybar



The Rays are continuing talks on long-term deals with C Dioner Navarro and INF Willy Aybar that would avoid upcoming arbitration hearings.

The Rays have discussed a two-year deal with Aybar, who is currently playing for the Dominican team in the Caribbean Series. Aybar seeks $1.050 million, the Rays offered $900,000. "We're still talking, hearing what they have to say, especially about the second year," agent Luis Valdez said.

The Rays have discussed a longer term deal with Navarro but aren't yet close, according to agent Kendall Almerico. Navarro filed for $2.5 million, the Rays offered $2.1 million.

"We have discussed some things today, but remain far apart in our respective evaluations of Navi's value to the team," Almerico said. "But we are willing to explore some avenues. At least we are talking and the Rays are, too."


• There have been talks about a minor-league deal with infielder Morgan Ensberg, an eight-year major-league veteran.

• Reliever Brian Shouse's physical exam is scheduled for Thursday; his signing should be official after that.

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


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