Don't know if he will be but he fits the description as a Rays platoon-OF/DH. Scott Hairston.
He crushes lefties (over .800 OPS), 32 years old, inexpensive and probably would prefer the Rays rather than the Mets. He's looking for a two year contract and his last paycheck was $1.1 mil.
Swisher is becoming a real possibility. I have not heard anything. However, we need a bat and Swisher comes through with a lot of big hits (big HRs).
The Bankees have abandoned Swisher due to luxury cap. I think Swisher stays in the AL East and wants to play for the closest contender. He would have to settle for a 2 year deal though.
Which brings me to my next suggestion...
Andruw Jones (given he does not sign in Japan). With everyday play he may still have some baseball still left in him and the pricetag is cheap.This is a guy who was on the fast track to the HOF before he lost the treadmill.
Or maybe he was just using PEDs like all the others in his era of greatness.
Ok, the ex yankee thing:
Say in a few years, derek jeter ( number two) parts ways with the yankees==== yes it can happen==== and he still got a few good years left. And he wants to play for the rays =====yes it can happen==== cause he lives here.
even for Derek Jeter ( number two)
Hairston could be a good idea but there are 4-5 teams after him. He wants 9-10 M for two years, about the same as Jonny Gomes got. I like the right-handed bat, but... I don't see it happening for the Rays.
Raul Ibanez will turn 41 next year but he still appears to have gas in the tank and would come relatively cheap in a one year deal. Mariners are trying to get him back though.
Nick Swisher turned down the Yankees 13.3 M qualifying offer. He won't be coming to the Rays, period.
Andruw Jones is going to Japan to play for the Rakuten Golden Eagles for 3.5 M. No way I would give him anything close to that.
I like Cody Ross but he wants a 3 year 25M deal. Not!
Right now I think the Rays payroll should be coming in at around 50M. They might be looking to pick up a bullpen guy or two. I wish they'd resign JP Howell but the Rays probably can't match what the Nats or other teams will offer JP.
Rays FO has mentioned the fact that the Rays made the playoffs in 2008 and 2011 with payrolls under 43M, and missed in 2009 and 2012 with payrolls of 63M+.
Meaning I think they might stand pat on the deals they've made and hold those cards. If Luke Scott wants to come back in the 2M range then I think he will be back. Brandon Guyer another possibility to make the team and provide some RH AB's for the DH position. Also a possibility the Rays start out with 3 catchers, Molina, Lobaton and Gimenez. Gimenez showed some promise last year as a right-handed bat and could be used as DH. Ben Francisco another right-handed bat still out there and still a possibility.
Wish I had more exciting options but right now this is how I see it.