Sources: Floyd, Rays could have deal in place by weekend
By Jerry Crasnick
Updated: December 12, 2007, 3:49 PM ET
The Tampa Bay Rays are in serious discussions with free-agent outfielder Cliff Floyd and could have an agreement in place by the weekend, baseball sources told ESPN.com.
The Rays have been looking for a bat in right field since sending Delmon Young to Minnesota two weeks ago in a multiplayer trade that brought pitcher Matt Garza to Tampa.
Floyd, 35, is a .279 hitter with 222 career home runs in 15 seasons with Montreal, Florida, Boston, the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs. Last year he hit .284 with nine homers in 108 games for the Cubs.
Floyd has had numerous injury problems, and the agreement won't be complete until he passes a physical. But a source said that's not expected to hold up the deal.
The Rays expect Floyd to log at-bats at designated hitter against right-handed pitching and share time in right field with Jonny Gomes in 2008. Rocco Baldelli could also be in the mix if he's healthy.
Jerry Crasnick covers Major League Baseball for ESPN.com.