The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Buster Olney has a trade idea the Rays should make…
What follows is pure speculation, and nothing more: As the Tampa Bay Rays consider ways to upgrade their lineup in the last 16 days before the trade deadline, maybe they should be the team that goes out on a limb and makes a deal for Prince Fielder, who would represent a dramatic change for their offense. The Rays could structure an offer around right-hander Wade Davis — the kind of power pitcher Milwaukee needs — and could have Fielder for the 2011 season, as well, before he becomes a free agent.
Yes, please? We would take Prince Fielder in the middle of the Rays lineup in a heartbeat. Of course, it would take more than Wade Davis. Would Davis and Matt Moore get it done? That’s closer. But they are going to ask for Davis and Desmond Jennings. And that would be tough to do.
Fielder makes $10.5 million this season ($11M with 500 PA) and will be arbitration-eligible next season. He is a difficult arb projection but our best guess would be a $12-14 million salary for 2011. Is that too pricey for the Rays? Probably. And that’s too bad.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jeff Niemann had a bullpen session yesterday and all went well. He expects to make his scheduled start tomorrow. [Tampa Tribune]
- The Yankees have made plans for tonight’s game to honor George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard. [USA Today]
- JP Howell is optimistic he will be ready to pitch on opening day next year. [MLB]
- Doug Fernandes writes about Joe Maddon’s unorthodox style. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
- A read of question #5 in this piece makes it sound like the Yankees should be more worried about the Red Sox than the Rays. [ESPN]
- Former Rays prospect Chris Seddon has been promoted to the big leagues by the Mariners. [Biscuit Crumbs]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Richard de los Santos gave up 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings…Desmond Jennings was 1-3 with a walk…Dioner Navarro was 1-3 with a walk…Dan Johnson was 0-1 with 3 walks.
- MONTGOMERY: David Newmann struck out 7 and walked 1 in 5.2 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits…Nevin Ashley was 3-5 with his 4th home run…Henry Wrigley went 0-5 and Leslie Anderson was 3-4 with a double. He is hitting .317…Matt Sweeney went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and is now hitting .194.
- CHARLOTTE: Joe Cruz struck out 6 in 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and 1 walk…Tim Beckham went 1-3 with 2 walks. That is his 3rd multi-walk game in the last 9 and has raised his OBP to .320. Still not good, but getting better.
- BOWLING GREEN: Kirby Yates is taking well to a starting role, throwing 7 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts and just 4 base runners (2 hits, 2 walks). He has a 1.95 ERA in 7 games as a starter…Cody Rogers hit another home run. He now has 5 in his first 8 games of the season. We have to imagine he will be in Charlotte very soon
- HUDSON VALLEY: Nate Garcia, the Rays 16th round pick this season, made his 3rd start and gave up just 1 unearned run in 5.1 innings…Derek Dietrich homered for the 3rd straight game. Dietrich is probably not long for the short-season league.
- PRINCETON: Braulio Lara struck out 4 and walked 4 in 5 innings, but held Bristol to just 1 run, a solo home run.