Just a few links on Steve Garvey’s and Steve Carlton’s birthday…


  • Little surprise here…Mitch Talbot was sent to the Indians to complete the Shoppach deal. Several writers have suggested the Indians ended up with the better player in this deal. But keep in mind that Talbot is out of minor league options, and the Rays had no room on the 25-man roster. [The Heater]
  • Stacy Long has released his list of the Rays top 30 prospects. Kepp in mind, unlike most Rays Top Prospects lists, Long has actually seen most of these guys play…And we will forgive Long for his shot at the great state of Iowa. [Biscuit Crumbs]
  • Trop Talk projects the Rays 2010 lineup. [Trop Talk]
  • Jayson Stark reports that the Rays were one part of a complicated 4-team trade that fell apart during the winter meetings. In the end, the trade was no different than the proposed trade with the Cubs in which the Rays would have received Milton Bradley and Pat Burrell would have gone to the Cubs (scroll down to 5:03pm). [ESPN]




  1. Joel says:

    Who cares if Talbot is the "better" player? Besides what you mentioned about Talbot's lack of options, we filled a need by trading a surplus (and a surplus with recent injury trouble). And it definitely wasn't a Javier Vazquez/Melky Cabrera-type boondoggle. As if the Yankees need help getting better.

  2. Don says:

    Thats nice...Talbot is the better player....and he can't make the Rays rooster...
    Whats does that make Shoppach....just another castoff for the Rays to hope for a miracle? I continue to see a trend .....Where's Zaun for same money...$2M...


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