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Southpaw Galore

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From Lancaster / The Trib:

Though the Rays filled three frontline positions this week by signing Percival and trading for Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett, they still have work to do. Friedman said adding a left-handed bat "is a priority" and the Rays would prefer to acquire someone with positional flexibility - someone capable of playing right field and first base, for instance.

The Rays also could use a left-handed reliever and have had discussions with Ron Mahay that likely will continue at the winter meetings. Jeremy Affeldt is another southpaw who may be of interest.

All of that adds up to Darin Erstad, Ryan Klesko, or Mike Lamb; otherwise Tony Clark is a first baseman / designated hitter type only and Geoff Jenkins is an outfielder by trait.

As for the lefty reliever, nice to see Mahay is still in discussions, but there's probably a trade market out there for LOOGYs, I suppose stealing two relievers from the Yankees couldn't hurt though.