Monday morning report: Longoria, Loney in the house
UPDATE, 12:42: Longoria said one of the first things he did this morning was congratulate executive VP Andrew Friedman for having such a good off-season in terms of the moves he made, but also that he relishes the underdog role.
Staying healthy and on the field always one of his biggest goals, though he also would like to improve his batting average and be more consistent throughout the season.
Also, he answered the question of how he proposed to longtime girlfriend Jaime Edmondson? "In the bathtub,'' he said. "She already made it clear she didn't want any theatrics.''
Also, Desmond Jennings put on 10-15 pounds of muscle, saying he usually loses about 10 pounds during the season and wanted to play at the higher weight.
UPDATE, 11:02: Desmond Jennings reported today and hit in the cage as well. ... The Rays were down a catcher today as Eddy Rodriguez was sick and sent home. ... Today is the 70th birthday for Rays pitching coordinator Dick Bosman, who threw a no-hitter in 1974 for Cleveland.
DEVELOPING: There are only a few unoccupied lockers left in the Rays clubhouse as star 3B Evan Longoria and 1B James Loney were among the position players reporting Monday, well in advance of Thursday's first full-squad workout.
Longoria, coming off a solid season in which he played a carerr-high 160 games, will address the media later.
Loney already did, saying he was very happy to return to the Rays after signing a new three-year, $21-million deal after playing last season on a one-year contract.
"I'm excited to be back,'' he said. "We had a good run last year, and we're looking to build on that.''
Loney spoke about how comfortable he was playing for the Rays. noting how they make it uncomplicated and simple, and how much he enjoys the camaraderie they have.
"I want to win with these guys,'' he said.
Non-roster INF Ray Olmedo also reported today. Olmedo, a 32-year-old veteran of 16 pro seasons, said he called the Rays in December asking to be re-signed because he enjoys the organization so much, and hopes to eventually become a coach for them.
The workout is underway, with Dave Price, Alex Cobb, Grant Balfour and Jake Odorizzi among the pitchers scheduled to throw bullpen sessions.