Rays Rumors: Tampa Bay Still Shopping?

Even after signing free agents Luke Scott and Kyle Farnsworth last week, the Tampa Bay Ray are still “on the lookout for help,” according to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times. Topkin notes that the Rays are likely to be seeking another bat and/or bullpen arm.

It would appear that Tampa Bay could use a right-handed hitter to help spell several of their lefties, including Scott at designated hitter, James Loney at first base and Matt Joyce in the outfield. The Rays have several in-house options that could potentially do so, including Sean Rodriguez, Brandon Buyer and the recently signed Shelley Duncan.

Beyond a bat, the Rays could also look to add another reliever to their bullpen. Topkin says this would be especially likely if Roberto Hernandez beats out Jeff Niemann and Alex Cobb for a spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation.

If the Rays decide not to acquire someone from outside the organization to add to their bullpen, they would have Brandon Gomes, Josh Lueke, Dane De La Rosa and Jamey Wright as in-house candidates.

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