Earlier today, Rays Senior VP of Baseball Operations Gerry Hunsicker appeared with “The B-Team” on Sirius Satellite Radio. Most of it is the usual Rays talking points, but here are a few telling quotes…
On whether the Rays are buyers or sellers this year: This is a year of ramped speculation. There are lots of discussions going on daily. Certainly we are buyers. We are well positioned if something presents itself to Improve the club.
On whether or not he is resigned to idea of losing Carl Crawford to free agency: In our world, when we have talented players, there is going to come a day when we can’t keep those players. And it’s not just Crawford, it is our closer Soriano and our first baseman Pena.
On whether he now just accepts BJ Upton for what he is: In all the years I have been in the game, he is one of the players that is most difficult to figure out…His development was short-circuited by an early promotion…He is still trying to find himself. And we have a lot if confidence that he will settle in and become the player we expect he can be.
On why the offense has struggled recently: Early in the season we were more dependent than we would like on the home run…If our club is going to keep rolling we need our guys to step up.