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Rays Offseason 2012: Tampa Bay VP Andrew Friedman Talks Upcoming Season

Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman took the air ways Thursday, as he joined the Countdown to Opening Day radio show on 620-WDAE and talked Rays offseason. Friedman addressed multiple issues including: offseason acquisitions, manger Joe Madden, Triple-A pitching depth and the battle between Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac.

"If you had told me then where we stand now with upgrading where we did and also maintaining our depth in the meantime, I would have said that that was a dream scenario,'' said Friedman. "We still have a lot of work to do in terms of this division and this league, but as far within the scope of what we can do, this off-season worked out very well in our estimation.’’

Friedman quickly touched on the catching situation, which will feature veteran Jose Molina paired with either Jose Lobaton or Robinson Chirinos, is an upgrade from last year.

Meanwhile, he said that Madden should be with the team for many years to come and that Rodriguez and Brignac have really pushed each other during the offseason and are "going to be a lot of fun to watch.''

For more tidbits from the interview, here's the link to Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin post.

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