Friday January 21, 2011 | 11:21 AM

According to Yahoo Sports, and passed on by the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay Rays are close to signing outfielder Johnny Damon. The Rays need a replacement for Carl Crawford and Damon, 37, needs a team to want him.

It will be fun having him back in the American League East.

Speaking of the AL East, while the Boston Red Sox are enjoying an exciting off-season with a rebuilt roster, the soap opera continues in New York over general manager Brian Cashman.

First, came Cashman's blunt admission that he did not want to sign reliever Rafael Soriano - made during the press conference to welcome Soriano to New York. Then came the news that Cashman inquired about free agent pitcher Carl Pavano, who was a bust during his time in New York.

See Bill Madden's story in the New York Daily News.

Meanwhile, back in Maine, the Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner is still on for tonight. What's a little snow?



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