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Tampa Bay Reportedly Out On Carlos Beltran, Now Pursuing Seth Smith

The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly been in pursuit of free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran of late, but it appears they're out of the running to land him now as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted on Thursday that the bidding is down to the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals

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Meanwhile, Rosenthal and his Fox colleague Jon Morosi write that the Rays have now turned their interest toward trading for Colorado's Seth Smith.

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The 29-year old from Jackson Miss. hit 15 home runs and drove in 59 runs while posting an .830 OPS for the Rockies in 2011. He also flashed a bit of speed in stealing 10 bases. His power numbers have not dipped below 15 homers since 2008, when he played in just 67 games. For his career, Smith owns a .275 batting average and an .833 OPS.

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For more on the Rays, check out DRays Bay, SB Nation's Tampa Bay Rays blog.

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