Rays Making Serious Run At Josh Willingham

3:04pm: The Rays are making a serious run at Willingham, tweets Crasnick.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports adds that while the Rays are not close on Willingham, they're one of three to four finalists.

2:21pm: Nine teams have called on free agent outfielder Josh Willingham, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, including the Twins, Red Sox, Indians, and Reds.  The Pirates have also been linked to him.  Willingham is something of a backup plan for the Red Sox and Twins, suggests Crasnick, as those teams are trying to re-sign David Ortiz and Michael Cuddyer, respectively.  ESPN 1500's Phil Mackey tweets that nothing is currently brewing with the Twins and Willingham.  The Indians' interest has been mild, tweets MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.  The Reds' interest in Willingham is "simmering on the back burner, if that," GM Walt Jocketty told reporters including MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.

Willingham, 32, hit a career-best 29 home runs for the Athletics in 2011.  A right-handed hitter, Willingham compiled a .246/.332/.477 batting line in 563 plate appearances.  He tallied 829 1/3 innings in left field, and also has experience in right field in 2009.  First base and designated hitter could be options as well.  Willingham's agent Matt Sosnick guessed in October that his client would sign a three-year deal. 


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39 Comments on "Rays Making Serious Run At Josh Willingham"


domaug
3 years 8 months ago

please let the Pirates be one of those teams

tomymogo
3 years 8 months ago

Come on Wren, I like him, at least inquire, and if you are able to trade some salary go after him

rundmc1981
3 years 8 months ago

It’s a little maddening to see the Braves so disinterested in hometown boy, Josh Willingham (Florence, AL), possibly because of his subpar defense, but he brings power to the LF position. He should hit better than his 2011 .246 AVG indicates and in a more hitting-friendly ballpark, but I don’t know if it’s the injuries or presumed money that is the roadblock to having Wren at least take a flyer on him. 

In my mind, he’s more of a NL player, and I could see him strongly considering ATL even if they don’t make the highest bid – but not if they’re not going to court him like he may want to be courted.

Gunner65
3 years 8 months ago

If he hit 29 bombs playing half his games in that park, imagine what he’d do in the Red’s bandbox between Votto & Bruce

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

ok, there is no bloody way that the Braves aren’t in on this. Power. Left fielder. Veteran. Knows the NL East. Been connected to us for a long time.

3 years 8 months ago

Not if they have to give up a pick for his status.

3 years 8 months ago

They don’t.

rundmc1981
3 years 8 months ago

Honestly, there’s a way he’s not connected to us. He’s been available to us from WSH, but I really think ATL thinks he’s an injury risk despite his power. I can’t understand why we’re not even looking at him as an option, but maybe they feel like his defense isn’t good enough to justify power and possibly missing some time due to injuries. 

EightMileCats
3 years 8 months ago

Hopefully Detroit is in if the rumors of Young being traded turn out to be true

Brv Rocks
3 years 8 months ago

I wonder if the Braves were one of the 9 teams. 

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 8 months ago

The question is, will he get Carlos Pena money or Marlon Byrd money.

Ferrariman
3 years 8 months ago

5mil difference…

3 years 8 months ago

Willingham is better than Cuddyer

FS54
3 years 8 months ago

Bet Nationals are not one of them. He is a good player but can be injured too often. He should stay in AL. Then he can probably play 162 games and hit more than 30 HRs. Good luck to him.

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

I’d love to see him back with the A’s.

If only because of this:

Outfielders on A’s 40 Man Roster: Ryan Sweeney, Jai Miller, Jermaine Mitchell, Michael Taylor

Jim McGrath
3 years 8 months ago

Why aren’t the Red Sox in on JWillingham? He seems like he would fit perfectly in RF and be a nice bit of protection for AGon. He’s got some good power numbers.

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

Protection for AGon? You mean Youkilis, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Crawford, Lowrie, Salty, and Ortiz just isn’t quite enough? 

Lulz.

Jim McGrath
3 years 8 months ago

Not sure if that’s a Cubs C or a Canadians C. None of those  players play RF. Chances are 50-50 Ortiz will find greener pastures and Youk may be traded for a starting pitcher. AGon and JWill might make a dynamic duo to remind Sox fans of Manny and Ortiz.

JunKim
3 years 8 months ago

He is LF. He cannot handle RF, dude.. Google reference.

Jim McGrath
3 years 8 months ago

Why aren’t the Red Sox in on JWillingham? He seems like he would fit perfectly in RF and be a nice bit of protection for AGon. He’s got some good power numbers.

3 years 8 months ago

I think he’d fit nicely between Votto

3 years 8 months ago

I think he’d fit nicely between Votto

3 years 8 months ago

Love when the App crashes..

I’d love to see him hitting between Votto

Curtis Main
3 years 8 months ago

Between Votto’s what?

3 years 8 months ago

Willingham! Why?

lefty177
3 years 8 months ago

anybody else notice he had the highest HR totals of his career in 1 of the most pitcher-friendly parks in all of baseball? 

RepOak
3 years 8 months ago

81 games on artificial turf in Tampa?! On a bad Achilles?! Ouch! I can already see it coming..

RAYS7
3 years 8 months ago

Wonder what money they are using ???? But Heyyy , us Rays Fans wouldnt mind a consistent bat

Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

Longoria and Zobrist aren’t consistent?  

Junior Barnes
3 years 8 months ago

Well said, for a Yankee fan! Damon and Cotchmen too. Just not alot of power.

not_brooks
3 years 8 months ago

With Upton, Jennings, Zobrist, Fuld and Joyce around, I doubt the Hammer would play much outfield for Tampa.

3 years 8 months ago

29 HR’s on Oakland…Who knows how many could come at Great American Smallpark

3 years 8 months ago

I was thinking the same thing…  Career Year if he signs with Cincy??

tellrodt
3 years 8 months ago

He’d probably be a 1B / DH / OF for Tampa Bay.  Joe Maddon likes to rotate guys.  I don’t think he’ll be playing on the turf that much, seeing that 1B is played on the dirt and the DH doesn’t ever have to run into the grass / turf.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Would be a great signing if he signed with Tampa.

RAYS7
3 years 8 months ago

It would be a great boost to that lineup !!