The Rays' search for a first baseman still seems focused on getting free agent James Loney to return, manager Joe Maddon making a personal pitch with a recent phone call.

"He was very non-committal in his conversation," Maddon said. "He was very nice, very cordial, very good. But I think he's in a position right now to probably go after the best contract he's ever going to get. So do I blame him? No. Do I want him back? Yes."

With reports Loney is seeking a three-year, $27 million to $30 million deal, the Rays may be trying to wait him out, knowing there has been little movement among other options on the trade and free-agent market. He played for $2 million in 2013.

Miami seems likely to move Logan Morrison — with further chatter Monday about the Marlins' reported interest in Sean Rodriguez — and the Mets say they'd like to deal either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda soon.

Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said after a Monday of talks — more with other teams than agents — that nothing was imminent on filling their primary hole. He said they would prefer a left-handed hitter.

"We have X number of viable candidates, so it's about lining it up and figuring out what the percentage changes are of getting our first target, our second and working down it," Friedman said. "Just trying to make sure when the music stops that we have a chair and that we're happy with the outcome. … How we end up doing that, I don't know right now."

The Rays also are planning to trade C Jose Lobaton, and may be looking to deal OF Matt Joyce, though that wouldn't do much for their quest to add left-handed power.

RHP Jamey Wright is deciding between returning to the Rays or signing with the Dodgers, according to Fox Sports.