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08:13 AM ET 02.21 | Depending on your calculations, the Rays may have as many as eight candidates for the five-man rotation. All of which leaves Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann battling for one spot. And the other apparently headed to the bullpen. Davis, 26, is adamant that he doesn't want to go. "I'm a starter," he said. "I don't see any reason for me to be in the bullpen. I understand they've got to do certain things, but we'll see. ... I definitely want to be a starter and stay a starter forever. And that'll be my mentality." ... And if he is sent [to the bullpen], he might end up approaching them, though he wouldn't have much leverage to force a trade. "If it ever did come to that, it's something we'd talk about then," he said.

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February 21, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Your Going to love Oakland!!!

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February 21, 2012  09:38 AM ET

He's signed to a team friendly contract. I expect Niemann to be traded before Spring Training is over.

February 21, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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I'm sure he'll be happier starting in AAA.

Well, Durham is a cool town.

That said, the Rays should just go with a 6-man rotation and if anyone starts slow, move them to middle relief til they get their act in gear.

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February 21, 2012  10:47 AM ET

Trade extra pitching for a young fiorst baseman, or a Catcher...

February 21, 2012  01:05 PM ET

being a starter its a thing to be proved otherwise, davis has being known as a inconssistant pitcher through his career in rays uniform!!

February 21, 2012  01:07 PM ET
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Your Going to love Oakland!!!

in the A's team he may be for short time, knowing how the A's are about business he would be gone in a blink to another team!!

February 21, 2012  02:22 PM ET
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He's signed to a team friendly contract. I expect Niemann to be traded before Spring Training is over.

Niemann will be gone soon. They'll scout some prospects from another organization and get a deal done. And then Davis, Shields, Price, Hellickson, Archer, and so on.

February 21, 2012  04:12 PM ET
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Niemann will be gone soon. They'll scout some prospects from another organization and get a deal done. And then Davis, Shields, Price, Hellickson, Archer, and so on.

then the rays franchise need to be sold,,,

February 21, 2012  05:41 PM ET

You can never have too much pitching. The Rays seem to have a plethora of good young arms. It's a nice problem to have.

February 21, 2012  07:11 PM ET

I'm sorry, who's this guy to say he isnt going to the bullpen?

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February 22, 2012  09:50 AM ET

I'm sure the Tigers have another Matt Joyce to trade for Davis. I think we call him Clete Thomas.

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