Archive for December, 2008

  • [HOT STOVE] Orvella Dropped From 40-Man; Rays Preparing For A Move?

    [HOT STOVE] Orvella Dropped From 40-Man; Rays Preparing For A Move?

    December 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm 5 comments

    Bill Chastain is reporting that the Rays have outrighted Chad Orvella to Durham, removing him from the 40-man roster. To remove Orvella from the roster is not a surprise as he was the lowest ranked member of the 40-man roster in the most recent “Trade Value Index“. However, the timing […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Giambi Expects To Sign With A’s

    [HOT STOVE] Giambi Expects To Sign With A’s

    December 8, 2008 at 10:29 pm 0 comments

    According to Ken Rosenthal (via MLB Trade Rumors), Jason Giambi is telling friends that he expects to sign with the A’s, per his desire to return to the west coast. Free-agent first baseman Jason Giambi has told friends that he expects to sign with the A’s, but his former team […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Milton Bradley Has Lunch With Andrew Friedman And Co.

    [HOT STOVE] Milton Bradley Has Lunch With Andrew Friedman And Co.

    December 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm 4 comments

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Milton Bradley got off a plane in Las Vegas at the Winter Meetings and went straight to lunch with Rays officials. Jon Heyman adds that the Rays may be considering several of the top right field/DH free agents including Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Jayson Stark: Rays Will Only Trade Bartlett In ‘Major Deal’

    [HOT STOVE] Jayson Stark: Rays Will Only Trade Bartlett In ‘Major Deal’

    December 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm 4 comments

    According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the Rays would only move Jayson Bartlett in a ‘major deal’. The Rays are telling clubs that ask about their shortstop, Jason Bartlett, that they’re only willing to trade him in a “major deal.” Would Jeremy Hermida be “major” enough? Stay tuned. Our guess […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Speculate Haphazardly On What It Would Take For Rays To Land Brian Giles

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Speculate Haphazardly On What It Would Take For Rays To Land Brian Giles

    December 8, 2008 at 10:56 am 7 comments

    [Update: 3:40pm] Now it looks like the Cubs and Padres have figured out how to move Peavy without a third team. Of course, the Rays could still try to work with the Padres on a deal for Giles, but this seems less likely now. [9:56am]In case you missed it late […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Rays Rumored Third Team In Peavy Deal; Possibly Targeting Giles Again

    [HOT STOVE] Rays Rumored Third Team In Peavy Deal; Possibly Targeting Giles Again

    December 8, 2008 at 12:55 am 11 comments

    John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus reports on a rumor that the Rays may be involved in the stalled Jake Peavy trade talks, with the Rays interested in landing Brian Giles. A wild rumor making the rounds is that the Rays might replace the Orioles as the third team to facilitate […]

     
  • [THE ARCHIVES] Two Years Ago On Rays Index

    [THE ARCHIVES] Two Years Ago On Rays Index

    December 7, 2008 at 7:17 pm 0 comments

    Two years ago on Rays Index we learned that the Cubs selected former top pick Josh Hamilton in the Rule 5 draft. He was later traded to the Reds. Josh Hamilton Selected By Cubs in Rule 5 Draft [Rays Index] Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • [LOOKIN’ FOR GLOVE] Possible Explanantion For Bartlett’s Defensive Decline In 2008

    [LOOKIN’ FOR GLOVE] Possible Explanantion For Bartlett’s Defensive Decline In 2008

    December 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm 21 comments

    Earlier today Drays Bay compared Jason Bartlett’s 2008 defensive metrics to previous years and wondered why he was “not as good as perceived” prior to the season. Essentially every metric that had a crush on Bartlett prior to 2008 gave him the cold shoulder. That’s bad, namely because those same […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Silent Gerry Appears To Be Staying Put

    [THE HANGOVER] Silent Gerry Appears To Be Staying Put

    December 5, 2008 at 10:16 am 0 comments

    Back in September we heard rumblings that the Rangers might be interested in Gerry Hunsicker to be their new general manager. The feeling was that if the Rangers decided to make a change, team president Nolan Ryan, would look to Hunsicker, with whom he has worked in the past with […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Friedman Provides Some Clues To Off-Season Plans

    [HOT STOVE] Friedman Provides Some Clues To Off-Season Plans

    December 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm 4 comments

    Andrew Friedman met with the media today prior to heading to the winter meetings in Las Vegas. Marc Topkin gives us a few of the more interesting tidbits… * Their “two biggest focal points” of the off-season are improving their offense and strenghtening their bullpen. Nothing new here. * Though […]