The Yankees have had a very busy week this week, completing a blockbuster deal to get Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero. They weren’t done there, as they also signed Hiroki Kuroda on Friday. Now the Yankees are rumored to be in contact with both Carlos Pena and Johnny Damon. Their interest in Pena is more of note to the Rays, considering Pena could be the Rays best option for first base.
These new rumors, however, could be completely false, since Jon Heyman is reporting the Yankees only have $1-2 million to spend on a DH. Even still, the Yankees had a huge week and are still on the market for a DH since Montero would’ve seen most of the time there.
All of this news from the Evil Empire got me thinking that the Rays might be next. They still need one big bat to be competitive this season, whether it be Casey Kotchman, Carlos Pena, or a guy like Alfonso Soriano. The Rays could be looking to make a move to get a big bat in answer to the Yankees big week. We will see what the Rays do, but I have a feeling the Rays next big move could be coming soon.
Rays News and Notes
- Since the Yankees have been making all these moves, the Red Sox decided to get in on the act, signing Vincente Padilla to a deal. Padilla will most likely make the Red Sox shaky at best rotation, but he will at least provide them with a consistent veteran arm.
- The Reds signed former Ray Dioner Navarro to a minor league deal to provide some insurance for Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco.
- The Rockies traded Seth Smith today, but not to the Rays as had been rumored earlier this offseason. Smith was sent to the A’s for Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman. The Rays were rumored to be interested in Smith, and then it came out that their intention was to flip him to the Reds for Ryan Hanigan. It turned out that neither team got Smith, and he will now reside in the Oakland outfield with Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick.
- Finally, on a more Rays-related note, tickets for Spring Training games at Charlotte Sports Park go on sale to the general public on Friday. Tickets go on sale Thursday for Rays Insiders and a special early access pre-sale starts tomorrow, with higher prices for those interested in taking advantage. All of this fits in perfectly with the Rays way of never making anything simple.