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.
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Pedro to Rays remains unlikely
Posted Jun 17, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Jun 17, 2009 at 08:02 PM
DENVER—Regarding the latest report out of the Dominican Republic on Pedro Martinez’ apparent desire to sign “soon” with the Rays or Cubs, it doesn’t sound like much has changed on the Tampa Bay front.
Yes, one of the Rays’ guys in the Dominican has watched Martinez throw and there have been some talks, but it doesn’t sound as if they have advanced to actual negotiations. I don’t get the impression anything has advanced since last week, when the likelihood of the Rays signing him was characterized as “unlikely.”
Per his usual policy on personnel matters, Andrew Friedman wouldn’t address the topic one way or the other when asked today.
My read: the Rays won’t absolutely rule anything out, but unless a starter gets hurt in the near future I seriously doubt anything comes of this. It only makes sense for Pedro’s camp to try and drum up interest, though. Can’t really blame them.