On this date one year ago, the Blue Jays signed Jose Bautista to a one-year, $2.4 million contract. Not many people took notice until Bautista started hitting home runs at a Ruthian rate. He would finish the season with 54. You can be certain, that the Rays are hoping to find the next Bautista this year.
At the other end of the spectrum, today is also the three-year anniversary of Alex Rodriguez’ 10-year, $275 million contract he signed with the Yankees.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Marlins are “working to sign” Randy Choate. As a Type B free agent, the Rays would receive a pick between the first and second-rounds if Choate signs with another team. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- Ken Rosenthal wonders if Matt Garza is a better trade option for teams than Zack Greinke. [Fox Sports]
- Jason Bartlett was the second-worst player in the big leagues at turning the double-play. [ESPN]
- Rays Prospects offers their top 30 Rays prospects. [Rays Prospects]