Zaun enters free agent market

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Gregg Zaun, a 15-year Major League veteran out of St. Francis High, officially filed for free agency on Wednesday after the Tampa Bay Rays declined their $2 million option on the switch-hitting catcher for 2010 on Monday.

Zaun was paid a $500,000 buyout by Tampa Bay, which acquired him via trade with the Baltimore Orioles in early August.

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Gregg Zaun (Mark Dustin/Daily Pilot)

The Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants could all be interested in signing Zaun to a short-term deal as a backup, according to mlb.com, which also indicated the Rays may still be interested in bringing Zaun back for another season.

“Zauny did a great job for us in the two months he was with us,” Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told mlb.com. “By us declining his option right now, is by no means indicative of our future plans. We’re just not ready in the beginning of November to commit to what we’re going to do.”

Zaun hit .260 with eight home runs and 27 runs batted in over the 2009 season, but batted .287 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 34 games with Tampa Bay.

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Written by Gabriel Rizk

November 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Posted in Sports

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