The Rays Catching

Gregg Zaun filed for free agency Wednesday, which was to be expected considering the Rays did not exercise his $2 million option for 2010 on Monday.

However, the Rays say they still have interest in Zaun, they just want to remain flexible — or liquid — early in the offseason.

Catching was not a strong area for the Rays in 2009. Navarro took a step backwards and Zaun came aboard and actually seemed to be the missing piece.

Reading between the lines on this one, I can see the Rays looking around for catching help during the offseason and if they don’t find a major upgrade at the position I believe they will try and re-sign Zaun.

Addressing the catching, at least in my opinion, seems as if it will be the Rays’ top priority. Unfortunately for the Rays, there aren’t a lot of available upgrades out there.

— Bill Chastain

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