Archive for January, 2011

  • BJ Upton’s 2011 Celebrity Bowling Event

    BJ Upton’s 2011 Celebrity Bowling Event

    January 19, 2011 at 10:00 am 4 comments

    On January 24 from 5-10pm, BJ Upton will be hosting his annual charity bowling event. The event will be held to benefit the homeless through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as two youth centers associated with “BJ’s Bunch.” For information on buying tickets or providing sponsorship, please […]

     
  • Why BJ Upton Is Worth $4.8 Million

    Why BJ Upton Is Worth $4.8 Million

    January 19, 2011 at 8:30 am 23 comments

    There was quite a bit of uproar and snickering this week when the Rays avoided arbitration with BJ Upton and gave him a one-year deal worth $4.825 million. That contract represented a raise over his 2010 salary ($3.0M) and made Upton the Rays highest-paid player. Many think that is way […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Longo’s Trade Value, The Duke’s New Deal And The Mad Australian

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Longo’s Trade Value, The Duke’s New Deal And The Mad Australian

    January 19, 2011 at 7:11 am 8 comments

    Want to know just how valuable Evan Longoria and his contract are to the Rays, then read THIS PIECE from The Orange County Register. Sam Miller takes an even-handed look at what it might take for the Angels to trade for Longoria. The conclusion: “Mike Trout, Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, […]

     
  • So Ben Zobrist Didn’t Climb Into David Letterman’s Shirt?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm 2 comments

    Jack Hanna, one of my idols, was on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night. He was joined by a Zorrilla. It was not Ben Zobrist. I found $20. The end. (thanks Laura)

     
  • Rays 25-Man Roster Projection

    Rays 25-Man Roster Projection

    January 18, 2011 at 11:00 am 22 comments

    With less than a month until pitchers and catchers report, let’s take a look at what the opening day roster would look like if the season started today… A few notes on the 25-man roster projection… For the first time in six years, we are projecting two starting lineups. It […]

     
  • 2011 Draft Now Known As Rays Shopping Spree

    2011 Draft Now Known As Rays Shopping Spree

    January 18, 2011 at 9:30 am 9 comments

    With the recent signings of Rafael Soriano, Chad Qualls and Grant Balfour, the Rays are now up to 10 picks before the second round and 12 of the top 100 in this year’s amateur (Rule 4) draft. Here is are those picks currently. All of the picks could still slide […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Maddon’s Non-Beef, Johnny And Navi’s New Job

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Maddon’s Non-Beef, Johnny And Navi’s New Job

    January 18, 2011 at 6:54 am 10 comments

    Yesterday, we linked to a report from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that said among other things, that many in the Rays organization had a problem with Rafael Soriano and referenced a “hissy fit” Soriano allegedly threw during game 5 of the ALDS. Roger Mooney spoke with […]

     
  • 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 […]