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Report: Rays in talks for Bay



Baycage The Rays are 'deep into talks' with the Pittsburgh Pirates regarding left fielder Jason Bay, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The story, which credits 'a team source with direct knowledge' of the situation, says 'other parties' are involved in similar talks with Pittsburgh.

Bay, a .282 lifetime hitter, has hit 20 or more home runs the past five seasons and is on pace for his fifth straight 80-plus RBI season. He is batting .284 with 22 homers and 62 RBIs in 105 games this year.

Still, the Pirates, who recently traded outfielder Xavier Nady and pitcher Damaso Marte to the Yankees, aren't itching to deal Bay.The chance the former All-Star will leave the Pirates by tomorrow's afternoon trade deadline is less than 50-50, according to the source.

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[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:37am]


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