Rays still shopping for relievers

Jeff Golden

Tampa Bay is still in the market for a reliever as the calendar turns to 2013.

Though the Tampa Bay Rays pulled off one of the biggest deals of the offseason when they acquired Wil Myers from the Kansas City Royals they're not done shopping, as the Rays attempt to construct a playoff team in 2013.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are interested in adding one or two relievers to the mix:

"Friedman said they're still looking for one or two relievers, and he has a track record of acquiring quality arms for the bullpen, such as RHP Dan Wheeler in 2007, Troy Percival in 2008, Rafael Soriano and Joaquin Benoit in 2010 and Peralta and RHP Juan Cruz in 2011."

Fernando Rodney, Jake McGee, Joel Peralta will all return to the Rays' 2013 bullpen. The club agreed to a deal with Peralta early in the offseason, and exercised Rodney's 2013 option. Burke Badenhop, who appeared in 66 games for the Rays in '12, was traded to Milwaukee. Wade Davis appeared in 54 games, and was part of the trade that brought Myers to Tampa Bay.

Needless to say, the Rays need to replace at least two effective relievers, and account for regression from Rodney.

All bullpens need depth to be effective, especially down the stretch. Freidman and the Rays will certainly explore all options as the winter turns to spring.

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