In one of my recent pieces at Business Insider, I examine the possibility of the Rays signing Derek Jeter. While the Rays usually shy away from players like Jeter, this is a special circumstance. He represents the one player that could help convert some of the local Yankees fans.

The biggest obstacle might not be money. Rather, it could be convincing Jeter he is no longer a full-time shortstop [image at right via The Beckett Blog]

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • As if the Rays didn’t have enough problems with the bullpen, now comes official word that JP Howell will not be ready for opening day. However, The Dude says it could be mid-April. [The Heater]
  • We know a lot of you don’t want to hear this, but John Romano repeats what we have been saying for a while: The Rays are better off using 2011 as a reloading season with an eye towards going for it in 2012. [St. Pete Times]
  • Pat Burrell has re-signed with the Giants, on a one-year deal and he “won’t make anything close to the $9 million salary” he made with the Rays. [Extra Baggs]
  • Add the Pirates to the list of teams interested in Jason Bartlett. [MLB Buzz]
  • Brian Shouse is calling it quits. [Fox Sports]
  • Evan Longoria will be a keynote speaker at Long Beach State’s annual Leadoff dinner. [Gazettes.com]
  • Grant Balfour will throw out the first pitch before an Australian Baseball League double-header on Saturday. [Mt. Druitt-St. Marys Standard]
  • Mark Ferguson, owner of Ferg’s, proposes that a new Rays stadium and a convention center be built on the land the Trop sits on now. [Patch.com]
  • Noah Pransky writes about the “vocal minority” and how they are impacting the Rays quest for a new stadium. [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • More Hardball lists Joaquin Benoit as one of the best minor league signings of 2010. [More Hardball]

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  1. phil says:

    mid April is fine for JP ..will Mcgee make the opening day roster or start the year in Triple A?

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