Report: Jays land outfielder Fred Lewis

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lewis headshot.JPGUPDATE: We now know what the Giants are getting in return: a player to be named later or cash, according to Schulman.

UPDATE, 9:39pm: Schulman says Lewis is now confirming the report via his own Facebook page.  He’s headed to Toronto.

8:56pm: According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, a trade between the Giants and Blue Jays involving outfielder Fred Lewis “seems imminent.” 

Schulman has heard whispers from sources and believes the trade makes sense for various reasons. 

He’s right.  The Blue Jays could use a speedy, reliable utility outfielder and Lewis should do well on the Rogers Centre turf.  He never really got comfortable in San Fran, and even asked for a trade at one point last year.  But he was fairly reliable at the plate, batting .258/.348/.390 with four home runs, 20 RBI and eight stolen bases in 295 at-bats, and can cover ground in the outfield.  A change of scenery might do him some good.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”