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Reyes, Norton file for free agency

Posted Nov 12, 2007 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Nov 12, 2007 at 10:42 PM

Rays veterans Al Reyes and Greg Norton are among the latest to file for free agency, both doing so provisionally pending the Rays’ decision on their 2008 contract options.

The Rays must decide by Thursday whether to pick up the options—Reyes’ for $2.3 million, Norton’s for $1 million. Reyes is all but guaranteed to return, while Norton’s option probably will be declined. The Rays still could bring the 1B/OF/DH back next season, but likely would prefer to do so at a reduced rate if Norton is open to that possibility.

Other than those two, Josh Paul is the Rays’ only free agent. He’ll be eligible to talk money with any other team once the clock hits midnight tonight, and there are few indications the Rays are inclined to bring him back. They’ll go with Dioner Navarro and Shawn Riggans, with the possibility of signing a veteran such as Michael Barrett or Yorvit Torrealba.

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