In his latest post, Marc Topkin says the Rays are still in talks with free agents, Matt Wieters and Tommy Hunter.
Rays pitchers and catcher reported Sunday and are holding their first workout throughout the day, but they may be joined by two new players in the coming days if things work out.
Matt Wieters has been linked to the Rays throughout the off-season, but his price has been thought to been too high but with a lack of suitors, the former four-time all-star may have to settle for what the Rays offer.
Wieters, 30, is coming off a year in which he slashed .243/.302/.409 with 17 HR, good for 88 wRC+ while he accrued a total of 1.7 fWAR. Two weeks ago, JT Morgan dove more in depth into what Wieters brings to the table.
Tommy Hunter finished the 2016 season with Wieters in Baltimore as he found success in the Orioles’ bullpen. His final numbers on the season were a 3.18 ERA, 3.06 FIP, while he had a 16.6 K% and a 5.8 BB% over 34 innings pitched in 33 games.
Last off-season, the Rays tried hard to land Hunter but eventually lost out to the Cleveland Indians.
The Rays currently still have a full 40-man roster, they have made the Nathan Eovaldi signing official and have designated Eddie Gamboa for assignment to clear a roster spot.