Rays make play to lock up Lugo

Rays make play to lock up Lugo

NEW YORK -- Don't discount the idea of shortstop Julio Lugo remaining with the Devil Rays just yet.

Healthy discussion has been going on between the Devil Rays and Lugo's Beverly Hills-based agent, Danny Lozada. The dialogue has progressed to the point where the Rays have made an offer to sign Lugo to a deal for an unspecified length of time and money.

"Yes, they've made us an offer and there's dialogue going on back and forth," Lozano said. "I expect we'll be getting back to the Devil Rays sometime [Friday]."

Prior to the 2006 season, the Rays exercised their one-year option on Lugo at a cost of $4.95 million. If he is not signed, he will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Lugo has been mentioned in trade rumors with several teams. The most serious of these was with the Blue Jays, who were said to have given the Rays a list of young pitchers to choose from for Lugo's services.

Lugo is hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs in 70 games this season. On Saturday night, he hit two home runs in the same inning during a 13-12 win over the Orioles before missing three games due to a jammed middle finger on his right hand.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.