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Rays Rumors: Reds Talking Shields, Alonso, Grandal; Morales, Trumbo

I was in the middle of pulling together a rather ho-hum Rays Rumors report when Jerry Crasnick broke the news that Matt Moore was signing a 5 year, $14M deal (which could go up to $40M with escalators). These rumors are still relevant and don't particularly change the landscape in Tampa, other than the team having signed its premier prospect and potentially giving itself leverage over teams in other starting pitcher discussions...

Checking in with Tampa, where the the latest rumors have the club listening skeptically (my characterization) to Cincinnati in talks about potentially moving James Shields for Yonder Alonso and/or Yasmani Grandal. The early feeling seems like this is a long shot:

  • Winter Meetings End; So Begins The Long, Slow Slog To Spring Training - DRaysBay
    "I believe this is the first Winter Meetings in a number of year (four, maybe?) where the Rays haven't made any moves; they didn't even select any players in the Rule 5 draft. The biggest action from yesterday was that they lost two minor leaguers in the Rule 5: Gerardo Oliveras and Matt Sweeney. Holy cow, stop the presses!"
  • Should the Rays Pursue Morales or Trumbo? - DRaysBay
    "This move (re: Pujols) most likely means that one of the existing first basemen will move to DH but the Angels already have Bobby Abreu there, creating an even bigger logjam for a non-position. This means that the Angels may be willing to listen to offers on either one of their former first basemen."

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