Wed May 12 06:05am EDT
Hank Blalock(notes) has an out clause in his contract if the Tampa Bay Rays don't bring him up and it's looking he and agent Scott Boras are planning to exercise it if the team doesn't bring him up very soon, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
"I would imagine that we'll probably know something about Hank in the next seven days," Boras told the paper. "The time has come. The time has come. He's playing third base, obviously he's hitting well, he's a young guy."
The 29-year-old is hitting .375 with four homers for the Durham Bulls at Triple A. Meanwhile, Rays DH Pat Burrell(notes) is hitting .221 and it appears the team will soon turn to Willy Aybar(notes) in the DH role to see how he does.
Burrell is making $9 million this year and could get released or the team could try to trade Blalock, but if something doesn't happen soon, he's going to get out of there by his own accord and Boras seems to feel pretty good about his chances to find a free-agent deal at this point in the season.
"I think a lot of people understand Hank's a better choice for them, so we'll see," Boras said.
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