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Blalock Not Interested In Minors

Hank Blalock's minor league deal with the Rays allows him to opt out tomorrow if he's not on the Rays' 25-man roster.  According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have "until after Friday’s exhibition to put him on the roster."

Topkin spoke to Blalock, who suggested he'd leave baseball before playing in the minors:

"I don't have any plans on playing minor-league baseball this year.  At this time in my life, if there's no major-league opportunities for me then I'll find something else to do."

Topkin explains that the Rays are currently choosing between Blalock and Reid Brignac, with Brignac offering more positional flexibility.  When Matt Joyce recovers from an elbow strain, the roster picture will get even muddier.  Employing two DHs in Blalock and Pat Burrell wouldn't make things easy for manager Joe Maddon.  Burrell could be released at some point, though that's just speculation on my part.

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