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  • Joe Dillionaire is back! The Rays have re-signed Joe Dillon to a minor league deal. They have also added Ryan Shealy, a first baseman. Shealy has played 164 games with the Rockies and Royals in parts of 4 seasons. His last appearance was in 2008 with the Royals when he hit .301/.354/.603 in 20 games with 7 home runs.
  • We can finally stop with the “They will!” and “The won’t!” posts concerning the Rays and Milton Bradley. The Cubs have traded Bradley to the Mariners. [The Heater]
  • Marc Topkin says the “Player to be Named Later” in the Kelly Shoppach trade will be named today. Topkin says evidence indicates it could be Mitch Talbot, who is out of minor league options. [The Heater]
  • Marc Topkin looks at how some recent moves by other teams will affect the Rays…In the same piece, we learn that Gary Sheffield wants to play 2 more years and (of course) finish his career with the Rays… We could see the Rays making a run at Sheffield if they can find a taker for Burrell. Or they could wait until next year. The problem is, the Rays like players at below market value, but Sheffield is a player a team doesn’t want to underpay. There is always the fear that Sheff will play to his level of pay. That is, if he feels he is underpaid, he will underperform. [St. Pete Times]
  • Carl Crawford (91) is the only member of the Rays to make Rob Neyer’s list of the top 100 players of the past 10 years. [ESPN]
  • Ken Davidoff thinks the Rays and Johnny Damon would be a “marriage” with “real potential,” if the Rays can unload Pat Burrell. [Newsday]




  1. Red22 says:

    I like the addition of Shealy. I've never been able to fuly understand why he's never gotten a full blown opportunity. I understood the Colorado thing because of Helton, but KC was ridiculous for not giving him the job. I think he has a shot at making the roster to be honest with you. He'd provide us with an actual 1st base option when Carlos needs a day of rest. But I'm not buying the Johnny Damon interest. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Burrell get traded for a dozen baseballs at this point, but Damon doesn't fit in the middle of an order. He's never really done it before. If we trade Burrell, I'd like to see us go after someone else, like Jermaine Dye. Dye's coming off an awful 2nd half, but I'm willing to bet he bounces back nicely wherever he ends up. And I've heard he's an excellent clubhouse guy that enjoys helping young guys. Could be nice to have around instead of Burrell.

  2. Michael says:

    Just FYI, Baseball America has posted the Rays Top 10 prospects. Somewhat surprisingly that they have Matt Moore (#4) ahead of Tim Beckham. Here's the link:

    Bill Ballew will host a subscriber's only chat starting @ 4pm.

  3. Brixology says:

    Fare thee well, Mitch Talbot.

    Also, I think that BaseballAmerica's projected 2012 lineup deserves its own post.


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