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

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