ESPN’s Keith Law has some Rays info in today’s blog. He says the Rays want to address holes at right field and DH, but are willing to use a platoon in one of those spots. They don’t have much money to spend.
Cork Gaines at Rays Index projected the ’09 payroll, arriving at $54.5MM. A few million could be saved if the arb-eligible Edwin Jackson is traded for a cheaper player. What kind of payroll increase are the Rays comfortable with? They were at $43.7MM on opening day. My Pat Burrell prediction may be unreasonable.