Winter meetings update, Thursday: End in sight
UPDATE, 2:17: Rays officials are heading home this afternoon, saying they had several days of producitive conversations that the expect to lead to action soon, but no deals in place. Executive VP Andrew Friedman said he would expect the first base situation to be resolved within a week.
UPDATE, 10:47: There has been some news on ex-Rays this morning, as Roberto Hernandez has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Phillies, with plans to join their rotation, and Justin Ruggiano was traded from the Marlins to the Cubs.
UPDATE, 10:38: Nothing major out of the draft. The Rays took a young pitcher, RHP Enderson Franco, in the minor-league portion, from the Astros and lost C Omar Narvaez to the White Sox. Franco is a 21-year-old with an upside who pitched in the rookie-level Appalachian League who was 2-5, 5.05 for Greenville. Narvaez hit .267 for short-season Class A Hudson Valley.
DEVELOPING: The Rule 5 draft of minor-league players is the prime item this morning, and then the winter meetings will break up as team execs start to head out.
The Rays have done lots of talking but taken no action thus far, though that doesn't mean they haven't made progress.
Last year, they left the winter meetings and then on Sunday night completed the mega deal that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi.
Executive VP Andrew Friedman said Wednesday they had several "mature conversations" underway, and made enough progress on their search for a first baseman that it could be resolved in the next few days.
Re-signing James Loney or trading for Ike Davis (Mets), Mitch Moreland (Rangers) or Justin Smoak (Mariners) appear the top priorities.
The bigger issue is a potential trade of ace David Price, which has been a popular topic of conversation all week.