Rays Interested In Ryan Roberts

The Rays are interested in Diamondbacks infielder Ryan Roberts, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter). Roberts, who fits the typical Rays mold of being able to play multiple positions, could fill in at third base with Evan Longoria on the disabled list.

The 31-year-old Roberts enjoyed a breakout season in 2011, hitting .249./.341/.427 with 19 homers and 18 steals, but has failed to replicate his success in 2012. Through 276 plate appearances this year, he's batting .252/.307/.360 with six homers and six steals.

Roberts avoided arbitration this offseason, signing for a $2.0125MM salary as a Super Two player who was eligible for the first time. Roberts is controlled through the 2015 season, and has also drawn interest from the Tigers, although their interest is almost assuredly gone now that they've acquired Omar Infante.

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