Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
Most Recent Entries
- Manuel signs deal with Panini Authentic
- Panini previews Gold Standard basketball
- Golf: All-Western Conference Teams
- Baseball: Jesuit OF Taylor selects Duke
- Land O’ Lakes defensive standout Shaheed Salmon picks up first offer
- Football: All-Western Conference Teams
- Rays non-tender Fuld
- Chargers WR Allen top rookie in Week 12 voting
- Collect call: 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls
- Panini’s Totally Certified hockey to debut in February
- Leaf releases some corny inserts
- Volleyball: Berkeley Prep’s Brown a finalist for Miss Volleyball
- Rays 2014 spring training schedule
- Proposal would ease FHSAA penalty for violating “follow the coach” law
- Maddon’s Thanksmas returns for 8th year
Friedman downplays Rays’ Pedro interest
Posted Jun 19, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Jun 19, 2009 at 06:12 PM
NEW YORK—The Rays were indeed among the teams watching Pedro Martinez throw today in the Dominican Republic, but executive vice president Andrew Friedman indicated Tampa Bay doesn’t have much interest in signing the 37-year-old pitcher.
“We have a responsibility to do our due diligence,” Friedman said. “I think a lot more is being made of it publicly than really exists.”
The Rays certainly don’t need a starter with the pending dilemma of how to make room for Scott Kazmir when he is ready to return already on their plate. The New York Post reported yesterday that the Rays were considering Martinez as a reliever, but his asking price likely would be especially exorbitant if he was placed in that role.