This is going to be brief this morning. Last night was Mardi Gras…Sue us.


  • Today is the first exhibition game for the Rays but one Ray, Aki Iwamura has already played a game. [Rays Report]
  • Pat Burrell will face his ex-teammates on Saturday. [The 700 Level]
  • Willy Aybar was a surprise addition to the World Baseball Classic roster for the Domincan Republic. That makes 3 Rays that will participate including JP Howell and Aki Iwamura. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Saturday’s game will air on the MLB Network. [Rays Report]
  • Marc Lancaster has a Q&A with Stuart Sternberg. [Rays Report]
  • Stuart Sternberg emphasized that the Rays probably will not be able to add any payroll in-season. [The Heater]
  • Like most of the top prospect lists, David Price comes in at #2 on Baseball America’s top 100. Tim Beckham (28), Wade Davis (32), Reid Brignac (78) and Desmond Jennings (80) also make the list. Anybody else surprised by the lack of mention for Jeremy Hellickson on many of these lists? [Baseball America]
  • Baseball America has a Q&A with David Price. [Baseball America]
  • Josh Kalk takes a closer look at Jeff Niemann and Jason Hammel. Kalk gives Niemann some very strong comparables (ie. Tim Lincecum) and says he could still be a front of the rotation starter but is more likely going to be a 3/4. Kalk speaks highly of Hammel suggesting that he could be a solid starter if he was given a full season in the rotation. [The Hardball Times]
  • David Chalk has started up his annual “Your Team Ain’t S#!t” series, with the Padres to start us off. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • Governor Charlie Crist hosted the Governor’s Baseball Dinner and remarked on the economic impact of spring training. Bud Selig was in attendance and praised the Rays for being what’s right in baseball. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Who would win in a fight to the death…Evan Longoria or Ryan Braun? [Swing Smarter Baseball]
  • Is the Cowbell Kid in negotiations to join the Afro Squad? (thanks Jordi) [AfroSquad]
  • Carl Crawford on playing baseball in Durham: “I would love to come back there and play.” Huh? [WRAL]


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