The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE GOOD: Jason Bartlett. Bartlett will try to prove that his new-found ability to keep the ball in the air and drive the ball was not a fluke in 2009. Yesterday was a good sign with 2 home runs…Dale Thayer. If Joaquin Benoit isn’t ready for opening day, Thayer is one of three that could get the final spot. Yesterday he pitched 2 scoreless innings, striking out 3 and walking none.
THE BAD: Unbalanced Scheduling. The Rays will play the Red Sox or the Yankees NINE times this spring. The Red Sox and Yankees will face each other ZERO times. How does that happen?
THE TELLING: The final bench spot will likely come down to Reid Brignac or Hank Blalock…Sean Rodriguez made his first start of the spring at third base.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Wade Davis was named the 5th starter and Andy Sonnanstine was moved to the bullpen. Sonny called it a “tough one to swallow,” while Big Dub said he is “ready to rock.” [St. Pete Times]
- 11 players were cut yesterday including Justin Ruggiano. Dan Johnson, who is out of options, was also cut, so he is headed to the waiver-wire. Of the remaining cuts, several were relief pitchers that seemed to be in contention for the final bullpen spot. This means that Joaquin Benoit is almost certainly on the opening day roster. [Rays Report]
- Elliot Johnson may always be remembered for “The Collision,” but for one fleeting moment on Tuesday, Johnson gave some fans in Clearwater something to cheer about. [The Fightins]
- We answered some fantasy-related questions about the Rays for the guys at Razzball. [Razzball]
- Roger Mooney has 5 questions for Wade Davis. [Tampa Tribune]
- MLB has eliminated the off-day between games 4 and 5 of the LCS in an effort to shorten the off-season a tad. [SI.com]
- In the strongest words to date on realignment, Bud Selig said he was in favor: “I do believe in some realignment because I do believe it can work, just as I believed in the Wild Card, Interleague Play, revenue sharing. It’s something that I want to keep thinking about. When I’m on long airplane rides and travels, which are a lot lately, I’ll fiddle around with divisions and things. But one thing about it, you can come up with a hundred different [scenarios]. So we’ll just see how it works out.” [MLB]