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The Rays might be interested in a reunion with Carl Crawford

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times passes along word that the Rays are considering bringing Carl Crawford back.

Crawford was just released by the Dodgers, who are on the hook for the $35 million he’s still owed. He’d cost Tampa Bay, or anyone else interested in him, the major league minimum. Tampa Bay’s interest wouldn’t be mere Devil Rays nostalgia, however. They currently have three outfielders — Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza and Brandon Guyer— on the disabled list and could use someone. Crawford is someone, even if that someone is a shell of his former self. He hit a mediocre .278/.320/.400 with declining defense and waning speed in his four injury-riddled years with the Dodgers. In 2016 he’s only played 30 games, hitting .185/.230/.235.

Oh, and if you click through to that article, check out the stuff at the top Topkin writes about what players the Rays could’ve had if they had drafted better or if they hadn’t let players who used to be in their system go. Such things are not unique to the Rays, of course, as nearly every team could come up with a championship caliber club based on such might-have-beens, but it’s always a fun exercise to look back and wonder.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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