Rays executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon wrapped up their memorable 2011 season with a press conference this afternoon. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has the highlights, including a look ahead to 2012 (all links go to Twitter):
- Friedman says he hopes to add one or two relievers this offseason, as opposed to revamping it completely as he did last winter.
- The Rays could trade a starting pitcher for offense, but that's not necessarily the plan, according to Friedman.
- Friedman says the Rays "have the players in place to have a very successful 2012 season."
- Asked about his own future, Friedman said he's focused on building the best team possible for 2012.
- Maddon says he's not concerned about entering 2012, the last year on his contract, without an extension. "I don't want to go anywhere else," he said. Maddon added that the Rays will likely look to replace Dave Martinez internally if the bench coach lands a managerial job elsewhere.
- Rays owner Stuart Sternberg told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he expects the Rays to be playing elsewhere in ten years if a new stadium isn't built first. Morosi discusses the dual challenge the Rays face: winning and drawing fans.