• Much has been made of the crowded outfield situation that the Devil Rays appeared to have at the beginning of the season. With Carl Crawford and Rocco Baldelli signed to long-term contracts, there is only one position that will be available done the line. Delmon Young is slated to be the third outfielder in due time, however, that left everyone wondering what would come of Elijah Dukes and Joey Gathright. Since the season started, Gathright has been traded to Kansas City and Dukes is on yet another suspension and his future with the organization is cloudy at best. Now a new logjam is on the horizon for the Devil Rays…A crowded infield. Since the beginning of the season, the Rays have drafted Evan Longoria, who is tearing up the minor leagues. They have traded for Ben Zobrist, who is now the starting shortstop with the rays and they have acquired Joel Guzman a converted shortstop playing the outfield, that the team will likely move to first or third base in the off-season. Those three are added to an infield situation that already has Jorge Cantu at second base who has a 100-RBI season in the majors already, B.J. Upton, who is now starting for the Rays at third base, The Cajun God of Baseball, Reid Brignac, who was recently promoted to AA after tearing up the high-A California League, Elliot Johnson who is having a very strong all-around season in AA, and Wes Bankston who was recently promoted to Durham, but is yet to really play to his talent level. Well, Jim Callis of Baseball America recently addressed this issue and gave his take on how the situation could play out in the next couple of years. In summary, he sees Upton at third, Brignac at short, Longoria at second and Guzman at first base. [Baseball America]
  • Not the most ringing of endorsements for Wade Davis who is considered one of the Rays better pitching prospects. In defense of Davis, this scout’s take was written before his most recent start on Saturday when he appeared back to his old self, when he struck out 10 and walked none in 6 innings and allowed only 1 run. [SI.com]
  • Hey! At least we are better than the Royals and the Pirates. [ESPN Power Rankings]
  • Josh Hamilton did have surgery on his knee after a visit to Dr. James Andrews. Luckily the surgery was arthroscopic and his recovery time should be short. The rehab is expected to take 4-6 weeks, but Hamilton will not rush it, so he may not play again this season. This was Hamilton’s seventh surgery since being drafted. [The News and Observer]
  • The Devil Rays appear set to move to Charlotte County in 2009 to play in the former Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers. [Sun Herald]
  • We’ve been sitting on this item for a while now and really didn’t think it was very news worthy but we will throw it in here in case you had not heard about it. After the trade deadline on July 31, teams can still trade any player on their 40-man roster to another team as long as a team with a worse record doesn’t claim that player on waivers. So far a couple of those trades have happened. One of those sent Javy Lopez to the Red Sox for a minor leaguer. Well, the Devil Rays, who are apparently upset that the Red Sox talked to Julio Lugo’s agent without their permission, put in a claim on the minor league player that the Orioles were set to receive, outfielder Adam Stern. Therefore the Red Sox had to pull Stern back from waivers, or else they would lose Stern to the Rays for nothing. The claim by the Rays is mostly symbolic and only a mild annoyance to the teams involved. Instead of giving Stern to the O’s now, the Red Sox will give the O’s a “player to be named later.” After the season, players no longer have to clear waivers, so the Red Sox will just wait until the season ends to send Stern to the O’s, to fulfill the trade. [MLB Trade Rumors]


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