Its only been two weeks since the Tampa Bay Rays scattered to the wind, heading to their respective homes to adjust to an offseason that arrived far earlier than they would have liked.
Or since Rays vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon sat side-by-side in the teams auxiliary clubhouse delivering their post-mortem, instead of delving into the postseason.
The disappointment of falling short, in spite of a noble dash to the finish line, was still fresh. And it wasnt the time for answers to questions about what Rays free agents might be back or how Friedman might intend to fill holes on the 2013 roster.
The fact is, it could be months before he goes about the business of molding the club for next season, though speculation will undoubtedly begin to swirl as the annual Baseball Winter Meetings near, this time scheduled for Dec. 3-6 in Nashville, Tenn.
But you can bet the gears in Friedmans mind have been turning, wondering about what players he...