In case you missed it late last night, Carl Crawford agreed to a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. Yes, the Red Sox.
Why did the Rays raise the ticket prices for an entire section by 65 percent? Was it because that section is filled with season-ticket holders who are not likely to give up their seats? If so, that is a hell of a way to treat their most loyal customers.
“Hey guys, sorry, but next season there will be no Crawford, no Pena, no Soriano, no Balfour, no Benoit and no Bartlett. Oh and by the way, we just raised your ticket prices 65%. Thanks for being a fan.”
Sometimes you have to wonder if the Rays even want fans to show up at the Trop.
Geez, it is like they are trying to get out of their lease.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Even thought Jason Bartlett confirmed the trade, there was some speculation that the trade had hit a snag. But now it is being reported as official, again. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- So somebody in the Chicago media was surprised that Carlos Pena “speaks English perfectly.” Sad. [Business Insider]
- Carlos Pena says he was disappointed the Rays didn’t show the interest in him that he expected. [St. Pete Times]
- Joe Sherman says the Rays were not impressed with the offers for Matt Garza and will likely wait until July to see if his value goes up. [Twitter]
- Ed “Don’t Call Me David” Price says the Rays have interest in signing Edwin Encarnacion. [Twitter]
- Dioner Navarro is close to signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers for $1 million. [ESPN]
- Carlos Pena said the Orioles were very close to signing him and that they were very aggressive. [Orioles Insider]
- Despite reports that Carlos Pena told the Rays he would not accept a one-year deal, Scott Boras said the Cubs were of particular interest because they offered Pena a one-year deal. Boras called the deal a “pillow contract,” that will give Pena a year to prove he deserves another big contract. [The Washington Post]