SI.com reports free-agent infielder Hank Blalock is close to signing with the Rays.
Blalock presumably would back up Carlos Pena at first base, Evan Longoria at third base and Pat Burrell at DH.
The former Rangers slugger hit 25 home runs for Texas last season but batted just .234/.277/.459. He suffered from rib, hamstring and shoulder problems the past three seasons.
The Marlins reportedly also had interest in signing Blalock.