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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With needs at 1B and SS filled, what will Day 3 bring for Rays at Winter Meetings?
Posted Dec 5, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. What will Day 3 bring for the Rays at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings?
On Monday they acquired a first baseman – James Loney.
Late Tuesday night they completed a trade with the Marlins for a shortstop – Yunel Escobar.
That’s two needs filled in two days, and it appears the Rays are not finished.
The rumors circulating around the Gaylord Opryland Hotel this morning have the Rays ready to deal one of their coveted starting pitchers for more offense.
FOX’s Ken Rosenthal has the Rays involved with the Rangers, Indians and Diamondbacks in a multi-team trade. Could this mean the Rays will land D’backs outfielder Justin Upton?
Will the Rangers turn their attention toward James Shields if they can’t sign free agent Zach Greinke?
Jeremy Hellickson’s name is resurfacing.
Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had this to say Tuesday afternoon: “We got a lot of balls in the air. It’s tough to handicap the chances, but there’s a real chance that we leave here with more clarity than we had coming in.”
And by “clarity,” he meant players.
Five hours later Friedman had his shortstop.
The Rays arrived in Nashville in need of a first baseman, designated hitter, middle infielder (shortstop) and another outfielder. So far, they’ve added a first baseman who plays above-average defense and an experienced major league shortstop who also plays above-average defense AND has some life in his bat.
What will Day 3 bring?
Can the Rays go 3-for-3?