MLB Rumor Central: Rays interested in Kevin Jepsen

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Kevin Jepsen might soon be calling his old home -- Tropicana Field -- his new home.

According to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in the 31-year-old right-hander, who was designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins on July 3.

Jepsen spent the first half of the 2015 season with the Rays before he was dealt to the Twins at the deadline, where he became one of baseball's most reliable relievers down the stretch.

This season has been a different story, however, as Jepsen, who served as the Twins' closer after Glen Perkins had season-ending shoulder surgery, had a 6.16 ERA, four blown saves and allowed seven home runs -- a career high -- in 30.2 innings pitched for Minnesota.

"He’ll probably land on his feet," Twins general manager Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I’m guessing at some point, he’s going to end up on a major league team, so he should be OK."

In an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jepsen said his confidence is there and he's healthy, but he just needs to "get back on a roll," and a change of scenery could help.

"I'd be more worried if my stuff wasn't there -- lost [velocity], was hurting -- stuff like that would worry me more," Jepsen said. "I'm going to be fine. I'm just in a funk right now."