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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes of Alex Colome this offseason that the closer "figures to be a hot topic and likely to be dealt."

Colome is entering his first of three arbitration years this winter, so it makes sense that the cost-conscious Rays would be looking to trade him while his value is high. Slated to turn 29 next month, Colome boasts a 2.63 ERA and 129/38 K/BB ratio across 123 1/3 frames over the last two seasons as the Rays' closer. He led all of baseball with 47 saves in 2017. The Cardinals are one teams that's already been connected to Colome.
Nov 19 - 9:03 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are among the teams interested in Jake McGee.

As Morosi points out, McGee and new Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler were actually teammates with the Rays in 2010. The hard-throwing left-hander struggled in 2016 in his first season with the Rockies but bounced back with a nice showing in 2017, putting up a 3.61 ERA and 58/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings while notching three saves.
Nov 19 - 8:54 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals and Rockies are showing interest in Brandon Kintzler.

He could potentially close for either team, depending on what other bullpen pieces they might bring in. Kintzler saved 29 games while posting a 3.03 ERA for the Twins and Nationals this past season while making his first All-Star team. He doesn't miss bats, which is a big reason why many clubs would probably prefer him as a setup man, but he could be a fallback option for the ninth inning in a lot of places.
Nov 19 - 8:50 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays' offseason plans include trading "at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll."

No veteran appears to be safe, with Topkin naming Evan Longoria, Chris Archer and Alex Colome as possible trade bait. Longoria's contract never gets obscene, but he's owed up to $94 million through 2023 and, while he doesn't have 10/5 rights to veto any trade, Topkin says the club would likely only deal him with the third baseman's blessing. Making things more difficult is the fact that Longoria's .261/.313/.424 line this past season probably doesn't inspire many teams to pony up for the 32-year-old. The only certainty with the Rays this winter seems to be that nothing is certain.
Nov 18 - 11:16 PM

Free agent Curt Casali is getting "strong interest" from teams, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Casali was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster in early November and opted to become a free agent, a move Topkin says was good for the 29-year-old. Casali owns a .199/.285/.385 career line but could be a backup option for a team in search of veteran help.
Nov 18 - 11:09 PM
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