Thanksgiving stove talk
Just because it's Thanksgiving, it doesn't mean that the hot stove isn't cooking.
Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman didn't expect any activity today, but interestingly enough the Nationals team website ran a somewhat cryptic story on Washington's interest in Elijah Dukes.
We've touched on it before. Dukes is playing well with Licey of the Dominican Winter League and has made an impression on his manager there, Nationals third-base coach Tim Tolman.
"He's an intense competitor and he has done a fine job for us," Tolman said in the story. "When he leaves the ballpark, I'm not worried about him."
The story also said that if the Nats acquired Dukes, they would work hard to have manager Manny Acta and first baseman Dmitri Young mentor Dukes. Young said he's been told by his younger brother, Rays outfielder Delmon Young, that Dukes is "a great kid."