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The Rays Tank: Friedman’s Priorities

The Rays are shopping for a first baseman, catcher and reliever at this year's Winter Meetings.

J. Meric

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At the GM’s Meeting in Orlando yesterday, Andrew Friedman discussed the Rays top offseason priorities with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

"First base is obviously an area that we’re going to need to focus on, catcher to go along with Lobaton, another reliever, and then rounding out our bench depending on the handedness of our first baseman." Friedman told Topkin.

We can make a lot of inferences here, but it certainly sounds like James Loney and Jose Molina will not be returning to the Rays in 2014.

As far as the reliever goes, the Rays GM told Adam Berry of, "we're not looking as much at we need to get a closer as I'd really like to add another high-leverage, late-inning option. How that shakes out, we'll figure out in Spring Training."

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune suggested that Jake McGee and Joel Peralta are two candidates who could likely step into the closer role next season.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Inhouse candidates to close next season for <a href=";src=hash">#Rays</a> would be McGee and Peralta</p>&mdash; RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) <a href="">November 12, 2013</a></blockquote>

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