December 2011

Friedman Staying Put

Andrew Friedman will not be the new general manager of the Houston Astros.

Rays team president Matt Silverman just released the following statement:

“Andrew chose not to be a part of the Astros’ process. It is in no way a reflection on the Houston organization.”

— Bill Chastain

Friedman Staying Put

While most figured that Andrew Friedman would be staying put in his position as the Rays executive vice president of baseball operations, the tight-lipped Rays executive has not denied reports that he might be headed to Houston to take the reigns of his hometown team, the Astros.  However, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweeted that Friedman “has already decided against taking the Astros GM job”.

–Bill Chastain

Winter Meetings Kicking Off

Baseball’s Winter Meetings get into full swing this morning and here are some of the latest tidbits involving the Rays:

First, retired slugger Manny Ramirez is said to be considering a comeback — which would first involve him serving a 50-game suspension.  The Rays were the last team he played for, but I don’t expect the Rays to have any interest this time around.

According to Fox Sports, the Nationals are targeting B.J. Upton, who is likely to make as much as $7 million in 2012 through arbitration.  Based on what Andrew Friedman has said — the team is looking to add offense — I don’t expect the Rays to be actively shopping their center fielder.  The Nationals are also said to be interested in Peter Bourjes of the Angels.

And rumor has it that the Orioles are interested in signing Johnny Damon.  While that might happen, a big part of me still believes he’ll be back with the Rays this season.

–Bill Chastain