Archive for January 17th, 2011

  • Another Closer Slips Through Rays Net

    January 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm 16 comments

    The Blue Jays today announced the signing of Jon Rauch to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with an option year. The Rays had reportedly shown interest in Rauch. It is also worth noting that Rauch’s contract is almost identical to that of Kyle Farnsworth. [MLB Trade Rumors]

     
  • Rays, Upton Avoid Arbitration

    January 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm 8 comments

    Marc Topkin is reporting that the Rays and BJ Upton have agreed on a one-year deal for $4.825 million, avoiding arbitration. We projected Upton’s 2011 salary at $5.0 million. This leaves Andy Sonnanstine as the only remaining player that is arbitration-eligible. Topkin says Sonny is also expected to sign prior […]

     
  • Newest Rays WAG: Lindsay Murphy

    Newest Rays WAG: Lindsay Murphy

    January 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm 7 comments

    When the Rays sent Matt Garza, Fernando Perez and a minor league pitcher to the Cubs, they thought they got Sam Fuld and four prospects. Turns out they also got a WAG*. Brandon Guyer, one of the prospects that came from the Cubs, got married over the weekend to Lindsay […]

     
  • Rafael Soriano Was Hated In Rays Organization

    Rafael Soriano Was Hated In Rays Organization

    January 17, 2011 at 11:30 am 11 comments

    We already heard that Rafael Soriano’s free agency was only about making the most money when Buster Olney reported that Soriano would sign to be a bullpen catcher if the team paid him enough. So he is a greedy bastard. Most people are. But now we learn that Soriano was not […]

     
  • Happy 80th Birthday, Don Zimmer

    Happy 80th Birthday, Don Zimmer

    January 17, 2011 at 11:16 am 4 comments

    Don Zimmer broke into the big leagues in 1954 as a 23-year old shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Over the next 12 seasons, he would hit .235 with 91 home runs and 45 stolen bases. He appeared in one All-Star game (1961). He later went on to manage for 13 […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss The Bullpen Market, Lee’s Optimism And Andruw Jones

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss The Bullpen Market, Lee’s Optimism And Andruw Jones

    January 17, 2011 at 9:30 am 5 comments

    Two potential relievers for the Rays signed with the A’s over the weekend. First it was Grant Balfour signing a deal that is reportedly a two-year contract for $8.1 million. Then the A’s signed Brian Fuentes to a two-year deal for $10.5 million. The Rays came into the off-season needing to completely […]