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Friedman Says Bullpen "Keeps Him Up Nights"

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Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman never rests when it comes to improving the team's relief corps.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Despite moves to try and bolster the bullpen, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says it's still an important issue for him to try and remedy.

"I think every winter, it's the thing that keeps me up at night," Friedman told the Ron and Ian show Tuesday.  "There's so much volatility year over year.  I don't think there's such a thing as being comfortable with your bullpen is, but I feel like we've got a lot of high-upside arms."

Friedman has already added a pair of relievers with big-league experience in Heath Bell and Pedro Figueroa.

As for the re-signing of first baseman James Loney to a new three-year deal, the Executive VP said keeping him in town was "a priority in the offseason," and that he sat down with the 29-year-old at the end of the season to tell him the team would do all they could to keep him in a Rays uniform.

Friedman also got into the situation (somewhat) with David Price and how he was "borderline stalking" another franchise in order to attain another new acquisition.

Click below to hear the entire conversation!


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