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I feel like last night and today were productive,” Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “… I think each day that’s gone on has kind of crystallized things a little more. I think that’s one of the areas in the next few days where something could happen. That said, it may drag on longer than that. But I think we’ve advanced the ball in some areas to potentially do some things sooner than later. Andrew Friedman at the Winter Meetings.
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I’m not a guy who sits around writing lineups all winter long because we change them every night anyway. Joe Maddon at Winter Meetings in Orlando
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Rays head to Winter Meetings with plenty of questions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings kick off on Monday, and you can count on to bring you all the details about what unfolds.

The annual spectacle takes place at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, where media, general managers, agents, managers and countless other front-office personnel will gather to meet until Thursday.

On the agenda are luncheons, industry meetings and, on Thursday, the Rule 5 Draft. But of primary interest to fans are the trades and free-agent activity that inevitably come from so many baseball minds being under the same roof.

To that end, we’ll have you covered here each day — all day — with pertinent rumors, impending signings and any news that breaks. You will be able to find reports on the main site, of course, with the blog and Twitter complementing the main coverage.

While news can break at any time, there are a handful of set events that will be covered extensively on the team’s official site.

Joe Maddon will meet with the media on Monday, and the Rays manager should have plenty of analysis and insight to offer.

Daily reports will be supplemented by a nightly recap of each day’s events — including the Rule 5 Draft.

And then there are all the questions that need answering.

Will the Rays trade David Price? If so, will other Rays players be packaged with him in a blockbuster deal? Can they find a new designated hitter and first baseman? Is there another piece that can be found for an already well-stocked bullpen?

In the comments sections, let us know what you think the priorities should be, and who you would target. Who do you hope to see at Tropicana Field next season? Who would you be willing to dangle as trade bait? Which player could be the hidden gem of this year’s free-agent class?

Let the discussions and rumors begin.

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Heath Bell is also a guy that we’ve liked for quite a while,” Friedman said. “He’s still got really good stuff. He missed a lot of bats this year, commanded the zone better than in years past, just a lot of good indicators that we feel can put him in a position to come here and have a lot of success. Andrew Friedman on newly acquired reliever, Heath Bell.
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Ryan Hanigan is a tremendously talented defensive catcher,” said Andrew Friedman, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations. “[He] really shuts down the run game, [and] takes a lot of pride in what he does behind the plate. And we also like what he can do in the batter’s box, especially against left-handed pitching. He’s a guy we’ve had our eye on for a while, and so when we had the opportunity to acquire him, we were aggressive to do so. Andrew Friedman on newly acquired catcher, Ryan Hanigan
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