AL East Notes: Damon, Ramirez, Scott, Oliver, Theriot

Here are some items out of the American League East..

  • Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman continues to comb the market for a pair of bats but is confident that the right deals will present themselves, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  Friedman says that both Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman are candidates to return, but Topkin writes that they would only look to bring one back if they wanted to improve at either spot.
  • Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette wouldn't say much when asked about the club's interest in Manny Ramirez, writes Roch Kubatko of  However, Duquette did confirm that the club still has interest in Luke Scott, who they non-tendered last month.  At least eleven teams have expressed some level of interest in the 33-year-old.
  • Blue Jays skipper John Farrell won't comment on what's holding up the official announcement of the club's deal with Darren Oliver, but it's likely related to finding spot on the 40-man roster, tweets Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.  Toronto agreed to sign the reliever to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013 earlier this week.
  • The Rays wanted Brooks Conrad on a minor-league deal but Conrad ultimately chose the Brewers because they offered greater potential for at-bats, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Rosenthal adds (via Twitter) that the Rays also like Ryan Theriot as they seek out a utility infielder.

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