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Rays to make biggest push for Fuentes?

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08:12 AM ET 12.31 | Speculation finds Brian Fuentes in the sights of as many as 11 teams, and the Rays may make a push to land his to close. They appear to be very interested in [Fuentes], and are trying to add him to the back end of their rebuilt bullpen. Fuentes, 35, split last season between the Angels and Twins, logging 24 saves and posting a 2.81 ERA. He had a major-league leading 48 saves (and a 3.93 ERA) in 2009 for the Angels.

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December 31, 2010  09:31 AM ET

Rays start rebuilding again.

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December 31, 2010  10:07 AM ET

Rays, small, good moves.

December 31, 2010  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Rays, small, good moves.

Yeah, but can they afford him?

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December 31, 2010  10:45 AM ET
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u can call me ray or u can call me jay

"But ya doesn't has to call me Johnson"

December 31, 2010  01:04 PM ET

Fuentes would be an excellent LOOGY, but not much value outside of that.

December 31, 2010  03:51 PM ET

unless the rays are expecting fuentes take one dollar deal for one year!!!

December 31, 2010  08:49 PM ET

Got to love that ERA!

January 1, 2011  01:29 PM ET

I know the Rays have excellent starting pitching, but they have taken a beating this off season losing players including some of their bullpen (including their closer Soriano). Most of what's left in their bullpen as best I can tell is very inexperienced. Considering in 2010 they won over 40 one and two run games I just don't see how they can contend in 2011. Losing Crawford & Pena who combined over a 4 year period over 50 HR's and over 175 RBI's that's a lot of offense for a team like the Rays who are "offensively challenged" anyway to lose.

January 1, 2011  01:40 PM ET

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!

January 1, 2011  05:48 PM ET

fuentes sucks. hated him the whole time he was here in anaheim

January 1, 2011  09:52 PM ET

The Rays have lost almost there entire bullpen this off season, so it would be a good sign. He's pitched well the last few years even if the closer role might not be his best fit. And all those dedicated Rays fans deserve to see their team trying to win for them

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January 1, 2011  11:40 PM ET
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Rebuilding? They've made the playoffs the last two seasons, have Evan Longoria and a load of good young pitchers, and you're writing them off? Mistake, dude. They could finish with a better record than the Yankees next season. They will be okay.

If you check I think you will find the Rays missed the post season in 2009. I hope your prediction about the Rays next season is as accurate as your comment about them making the post season the last 2 years.

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