Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays still don't have deals with Dioner Navarro, Willy Aybar

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays continue to have talks but thus far no deals with catcher Dioner Navarro and infielder Willy Aybar on multiyear contracts 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."


• The free FanFest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 14 at Tropicana Field, includes the chance to take photos with the AL championship trophy, get autographs (free for season-ticket holders and ages 14 and under, $10 donation for others), buy special 98-ticket packages, see the radio/TV broadcasters, tour the clubhouse and other activities. For full details, see

• 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.

Tampa Bay Rays still don't have deals with Dioner Navarro, Willy Aybar 02/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 8:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. SI ranks Quinton Flowers on top 100, above Deondre Francois


    Sports Illustrated's ongoing countdown of the top 100 players in college football includes some high praise for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers.

  2. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft


    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Illinois is recruiting a 10-year-old. Where will Lovie Smith be by the time the kid can sign?


    Today in ridiculous recruiting news, Lovie Smith's Illinois football team offered a scholarship to a 10-year-old.

  4. Rays series preview: Who are the Orioles?


    After an off day Thursday, the Rays remain at Tropicana Field for a three-game series against the AL East rival Orioles. Here's the information you need to know about Baltimore before the action kicks off.

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman, left, has posted the highest ERA of his career this season, while catcher Welington Castillo, center, has slumped recently.
  5. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.