When the Rays asked for No. 1 prospect Adam Miller - the Tribe's version of Garza - the talks ended.
The Indians may have tried to substitute Cliff Lee, but the $9.5 million they still owe Lee was probably too much for the low-budget Rays.
Right, the only thing wrong with Cliff Lee - besides his 6.29 ERA - would've been his huge contract. I'm sure that's why we didn't want him.
Now they have to decide exactly what they're looking for, such as whether it's more important he can play the outfield and back up at first base (Darin Erstad, Brad Wilkerson, Mark Sweeney), or third base and first (Mike Lamb, a comebacking Corey Koskie), or outfield and DH (Geoff Jenkins, Cliff Floyd), or DH and first (Tony Clark).
RAYS REPORT: Any interest the Rays had in free-agent C Michael Barrett may be diminished since he was offered arbitration by his previous team, meaning the Rays would have to give up a draft pick if they sign him. ... Reliever Trever Miller was also offered arbitration, but he is a Type B free agent so the Rays wouldn't give up anything.
Lancaster doesn't expect the Rays to be huge players at the meetings, but mentions Luke Scott would really grabs my interest.