September 3, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn (24) dives into home to score a run before the tag by Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario (20) in the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Rays Notes: Rays Considered Possible Landing Spot For Michael Bourn

According to various sources, the Rays are not only searching for a designated hitter and relief pitching, but may also be interested in acquiring a center fielder. Amongst candidates mentioned are free agent Michael Bourn, as well as the possibility of the Rays making a trade with the Colorado Rockies for Dexter Fowler, or with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Gerardo Parra. Otherwise, the Rays may end up playing Desmond Jennings in center, or going after a reclamation project in Grady Sizemore.

Right now, Bourn is considered the highest rated free agent available, and would be interesting to team with Jennings atop the Rays lineup. However, signing Bourn would likely cost far more than the Rays may be willing to allocate to external candidates, and would cost a draft choice. With both factors in play, while Bourn would be a nice piece in the lineup, the Rays signing him seems rather unlikely.

Continuing on with the free agency front, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rays are looking specifically for late inning relievers. Considering how well Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta, and Jake McGee pitched last year, this seems like an area that the Rays would be fairly well staffed. Yet, the Rays have had a different pitcher lead the team in saves each year that Joe Maddon has been manager, and it is highly unlikely that Rodney continues to pitch as well as he did last year. Plus, such an acquisition would improve the overall depth of the bullpen. Even though it may not appear to be a need for the Rays presently, picking up a late inning reliever on a make good contract may turn out to be a bargain.

Finally, Both David Price and Rodney were named to the MLB Network Top Ten Right Now for their respective positions. Price was rated the eighth best starting pitcher, while Rodney came in as the fifth best reliever. With another dominant year, both may rise up those standings heading into the 2014 season.

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