07/24/10 7:10 PM ET
Hellickson could be possibility for bullpen
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Hellickson continues to light up the International League with Durham.
"You saw he had a little taste of it in Spring Training, he came out with guys all over the place and he got out of it [against the Yankees]," Maddon said. "Very casually in a sense, he was not offended by the moment or overwhelmed by the moment. You're going to see the same kind of approach from him.
"Out of the bullpen, that's a possibility, and I would not be opposed to that at all. But eventually he's going to be one of the starters, there is no doubt. To get a taste, I think he could do it, and it would serve him well, and us."
David Price went through the same thing in 2008 and came up to help save the day out of the Rays' bullpen in the American League Championship Series.
"Obviously, I was just so excited to be in the big leagues -- I didn't care if I was the batboy, the water boy, mop up guy, closer, I didn't care," said Price. "I just wanted to be in the game, have a chance to win, help our team at that level. I didn't really care."
Maddon, front office on same trade page
CLEVELAND -- Major League Baseball's Trade Deadline looms a week away and the Rays continue to be mentioned in a lot of rumors.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said the front office keeps him in the loop regarding such matters.
"Andrew [Friedman, executive vice president of baseball operations] and I, we bounce back and forth pretty well," Maddon said. "Anything he's thinking about he always runs it by me, and if I have a thought, I'll throw it to him."
Maddon said most of the conversations start at the conceptual stage.
"And of course all the people upstairs doing their homework, all the different scouting techniques we have and the ways we go about evaluating," Maddon said. "We have a bunch of people on that, too. So there are a lot of folks involved.
"A little bit of it comes down to feel. But a lot of it comes down to, '[Do] you like the way this guy plays? He's a hard player. He's a good baserunner. He works a good at-bat.' Most of the time the stats will substantiate all of that, but we have a lot of different resources to draw upon. And I like that."
Maddon believes the Rays' approach is the right way to conduct business.
"What's dangerous in the years gone by, teams would acquire a player because of the way that player played against them," Maddon said. "And that can be like the most dangerous way to acquire a player. And I've seen that. So I like the way we do things. I think it's the right way to do things.
"Andrew's trying to make us better all the time. If that happens it happens that way. If not, we have other ways to go within the organization."
Crawford needs one triple to reach 100
CLEVELAND -- Carl Crawford is one triple shy of reaching 100, which would make him the 12th player since 1900 to reach 100 before the age of 29.
Stan Musial was the last to accomplish the feat as he had 108. The others who have done it are: Sam Crawford (153), Ty Cobb (150), Joe Jackson (134), Rogers Hornsby (129), Sherry Magee (114), Goose Goslin (110), Arky Vaughn (109), Lou Gehrig (108), Ed Konetchy (102) and Paul Waner (102).
Crawford turns 29 on Aug. 5 and he is looking to become the first player of any age to reach 100 triples since Kenny Lofton in 2006 and the first to do it in one uniform since Milwaukee's Robin Yount in 1988.
Down on the farm
CLEVELAND -- Triple-A Durham's Dan Johnson launched his International League-leading 27th home run in the first inning of Friday night's win over Syracuse. He is tied for second in the Minor Leagues for home runs with Double-A Chattanooga's Jerry Sands and is one behind J.P. Arencibia of Triple-A Las Vegas. Johnson also ranks first in the International League in on-base percentage (.422) and slugging percentage (.620) and he ranks fifth with a .304 batting average. Teammate Desmond Jennings hit his second home run of the season. He leads the league with 26 stolen bases. .. Rocco Baldelli had Friday night off for Class A Charlotte as the Stone Crabs defeated Clearwater with veteran left-hander Brian Shouse working the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his first save of the season. ... Cuban prospect Leslie Anderson is hitting .299 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 38 games while playing left field for Double-A Montgomery.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.