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Rays Preparing Offer For Fuentes?

In this piece by Troy E. Renck, the Rays have had scouts at Coors Field over the weekend and are preparing to make an offer for Brian Fuentes.

"Tampa Bay is preparing to make the most aggressive play for the Rockies' closer, according to a major-league source... Opposing executives who have spoken with Tampa Bay say the Rays are determined to bolster their bullpen in an attempt to create separation between them and the Red Sox."

The Rockies have been seeking "one quality player", says Renck, in return for Fuentes.  The Rays could offer either Double-A RHP starters Wade Davis or Jeremy Hellickson, both of whom the Rockies have expressed interest in.

Davis, 23, has made 18 starts for Double-A Montgomery with a 3.98 ERA  over 101.2 IP with a 6.64 K/9. Hellickson, 21, has been having an outstanding season in Montgomery Double-A and Vero Beach Single-A ball, going 7-2 with a 2.85 ERA with 87 K in 85 IP.  He has struggled some since being promoted to Double-A.

Acquiring Fuentes would take an option away from Boston as well as provide the Rays with another lefty reliever and increased depth at closer should Troy Percival remain incapable.


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