hangoverIf you missed it yesterday, the Rays added Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Torres to the 40-man roster. The move left the team with exactly 40 players on the 40-man roster.

The biggest surprise was the absence of Aneury Rodriguez, the pitcher the Rays received from the Rockies for Jason Hammel. While Torres is more valuable than Rodriguez, we are surprised that the Rays are willing to risk losing Rodriguez in the Rule 5 Draft, when they have a seemingly expendable player on the 40-man roster like Elliot Johnson.

Rodriguez struggled in the first-half of the season and finished with a 4.50 ERA (4.69 FIP) in 142 innings with 111 strikeouts and 59 walks at double-A Montgomery. But he was much stronger in the second-half as he seemed to find a rhythm, regularly pitching into the 7th inning and allowing 2 runs or fewer.

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Marc Topkin has read the new book by Vince Naimoli we discussed a few months ago, and breaks down a few of the more controversial sections. As we write this we can’t recall the name of the book, but we are pretty sure it should be titled, “I am bitter as hell and about 10 people will know it!” [St. Pete Times]
  • We dropped this on Twitter a couple of days ago, but in case you are one of the silly people not following us on Twitter, a few more big names from the Rays minor league system have been granted free agency, including Winston Abreu, Calvin Medlock (came over in the Jorge Cantu trade), Carlos Hernandez, Jon Weber and Jason Perry.
  • The City of St. Pete has responded to ABC’s recommendation for a new baseball stadium for the Rays. Lines are starting to be drawn in the sand, and as we have said previously, this is going to get ugly before it gets better. [St. Pete Times]
  • Bob Nightengale of USA Today said yesterday that the Rays have become the “clear-cut favorite” to land Milton Bradley. It is unclear if he is basing that on inside information or if he is just speculating based on the news reports that are already out there. [Twitter]
  • The Rays Party takes a look at Grant Balfour’s fastball. [The Rays Party]

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5 Comments

  1. Don says:

    You know…the Rays look like they have more attractive major league prospects than they can protect…yet everytime a team asks for a couple, in a possible trade deal ie J Bay ,Lee, Martinez it kills the deal….
    Trade some of these guys and get an established Major league player that can help NOW….ie catcher , relief pitching, power hitting outfielder that can play in the field….Help needed Now!

  2. Sublime says:

    For the 2ND Time in TWO YEARS, I agree with Don! Write this down! He’s 100% on the money!

  3. Gus says:

    I’ll have to pick up the book and see if Vince explains where the $85M for baseball improvements and Trop renovation went. For years the Rays’ website had artist renditions of a Trop exterior covered in a nice concrete block (looked like coral or stone) but he never even painted the darn place. The biggest waste (theft) of public money in our lifetime. Part of the reason the Trop has such a negative impression is that it opened for business half-built out, and never was “finished” until Stu’s group came in and made it presentable. Vince and his brother Ray did God knows what with that money, but we didn;t get $85M of improvements out of that public investment.

    If you have gone to a game in the last 4 years, you know the stadium is pretty comfortable and is fine for the next 10 years. But public perception was formed in 1998, and between the structural flaw exacerbated by the steroid era (the catwalks) and the terrible condition of the stadium, it was written off as a joke. It is a shame.

    Sternberg does need new field turf installed, however. It was looking pretty sad at the end of the year. Look how good the new portions of the field look for the Bowl Game later this year and you’ll realize — we need new turf.

  4. Don says:

    Not one (1) fan I ever talked to… said they were not comforable in the Trop….plus they can see from EVERY seat in the house….location is a problem…but turf…. I don’t think so!!! “public perception” was mainly formed by media morons that have to write some kind of BS….. “

  5. KillaTapes says:

    Wow, I actually agree! I also like seeing a game in the Trop- it’s comfortable for fans, and uncomfortable for opposing teams, just what the doctor ordered. I’d like to see a more modernized, aesthetically pleasing park in the near future, but I think the Trop is great for now.

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