Archive for November, 2010

  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss

    November 24, 2010 at 7:13 am 6 comments

    The Rays offered arbitration to free agents Grant Balfour, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe, Joaquin Benoit and Chad Qualls. The Rays declined to offer arbitration to Dan Wheeler or Carlos Pena. Offering a free agent arbitration is necessary if the Rays want to receive draft pick compensation […]

     
  • Joe Maddon Was The Best Manager In American League

    Joe Maddon Was The Best Manager In American League

    November 23, 2010 at 9:00 am 14 comments

    Over at Business Insider I wrote a piece where I compared a teams statistical output to the number of games the team won. In theory, teams that won more games than expected could owe at least some of their success to the manager. Joe Maddon and the Rays topped the […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss More Interest In Jason Bartlett

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss More Interest In Jason Bartlett

    November 23, 2010 at 6:50 am 2 comments

    We have previously heard that the Orioles, Nationals and Giants have shown interest in trading for Jason Bartlett. Now, Jon Paul Morosi adds the Cardinals and Padres to the mix. He also mentions that the demand for Bartlett could depend on a Japanese player… “[Tsuyoshi] Nishioka, a switch hitter with […]

     
  • Odds And Ends From Ken Davidoff

    Odds And Ends From Ken Davidoff

    November 22, 2010 at 10:30 am 4 comments

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday has a few interesting nuggets on the Rays… Johnny Damon is eyeing the Braves, Orioles and Rays, noting that Damon calls Florida home. The Rays do need a DH, and Damon fits the Rays M.O. Davidoff says it is unlikely that BJ Upton will be traded, […]

     
  • Cafardo: Three Teams Interested In Trading For Bartlett

    Cafardo: Three Teams Interested In Trading For Bartlett

    November 22, 2010 at 9:30 am 3 comments

    In the same piece we linked earlier, Nick Cafardo is also reporting that three teams are showing interest in Jason Bartlett… Jason Bartlett, SS, Rays — He is drawing lots of interest from the Giants, Orioles, and Nationals. The Rays are dangling him in the hopes of acquiring bullpen help […]

     
  • Cafardo: Angels And Crawford In “Serious Talks”

    Cafardo: Angels And Crawford In “Serious Talks”

    November 22, 2010 at 8:00 am 4 comments

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that talks between the Angels and Carl Crawford have moved beyond informal discussions… Carl Crawford, LF, free agent — It’s been quiet on this front, but a major league source said the Angels have gotten into serious talks with Crawford, who seems […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Roster Moves, Soriano’s Future And A Big Bucs Win

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Roster Moves, Soriano’s Future And A Big Bucs Win

    November 22, 2010 at 6:05 am 1 comment

    With the Rule 5 draft pending, the Rays made some roster moves this weekend (via Marc Topkin). First, they declined the option on Jose Ruiz, who had defected from Cuba. Ruiz, 1B, was considered a hot commodity before signing a cheap one-year deal with a four-year option. In addition, the […]

     
  • Friedman: Rays In No Hurry To Trade A Starting Pitcher

    Friedman: Rays In No Hurry To Trade A Starting Pitcher

    November 19, 2010 at 10:51 am 27 comments

    This off-season could turn out to be the busiest of Andrew Friedman’s career. With so many free agents, the Rays have a number of holes to fill. And with the payroll expected to be slashed by ~$20 million, Friedman will have his hands tied in the free agent market. If […]

     
  • Chris Rock Rockin’ The Rays Lid

    Chris Rock Rockin’ The Rays Lid

    November 19, 2010 at 10:18 am 5 comments

    Not sure how this flew under our radar, but back in July, Chris Rock took in a Rays game from Andrew Friedman’s box… No word yet on whether or not Rock called Friedman a Cracka-ass cracka. And with that, Rock becomes the most famous celebrity to don a Rays lid […]

     
  • Rays And Orioles Discussed Jason Bartlett Trade

    Rays And Orioles Discussed Jason Bartlett Trade

    November 19, 2010 at 8:30 am 8 comments

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Rays and Orioles have talked about a trade that would center around Jason Bartlett and relief pitcher David Hernandez. Hernandez, a right-hander, made 41 appearances for the O’s last year (8 starts) with a 4.31 ERA (4.48 FIP) with 72 strikeouts […]