Archive for January, 2011

  • Rafael Soriano Was AL’s Best Closer In 2010

    Rafael Soriano Was AL’s Best Closer In 2010

    January 10, 2011 at 10:00 am 13 comments

    It is no secret that Rafael Soriano was an important factor in the Rays run to their second division title in three years, converting 40 of his 43 save opportunities. That translated to a league-leading CLOSER+ of 107. CLOSER+ compares a pitcher’s save total to that of an average closer, […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Soriano And The Rays Dark Horse Chances

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Soriano And The Rays Dark Horse Chances

    January 10, 2011 at 7:18 am 6 comments

    Brian Cashman appeared to make it clear that the Yankees would not sign Rafael Soriano when he said the Yankees “will not lose [their] No. 1 draft pick.” He went on to say that he would have given up the team’s top pick for Cliff Lee, but not for anybody […]

     
  • Zach Rosscup Is The Unnamed Player In Matt Garza Trade

    January 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm 24 comments

    The Rays have officially announced the Matt Garza trade. In addition to the players announced previously, the Rays will also be sending low-level minor league pitcher Zach Rosscup to the Cubs. Rosscup was the Rays 29th round pick in the 2009 draft. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • Two Years Ago On Rays Index

    January 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1 comment

    Two years ago on Rays Index we wrote about The Professor’s latest acting gig. Yes, We Will Be Appearing In The Season Premiere Of ‘Friday Night Lights’ [Rays Index] Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • Garza To The Cubs: What They Are Saying

    Garza To The Cubs: What They Are Saying

    January 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm 6 comments

    In the last 24 hours, we have read so many pieces on the Matt Garza trade, that we now have a horrible goatee and have started calling our daughter Hak-Ju (she drops things a lot). Here is a sampling of what has been written… This is a must-see. The Chicago […]

     
  • Did Rays Trade Garza To Get Better Or Save Money: Yes

    Did Rays Trade Garza To Get Better Or Save Money: Yes

    January 8, 2011 at 11:14 am 66 comments

    We made several radio appearances yesterday and the most common question we were asked was whether the Rays traded Matt Garza to make the team better or to save money. The answer was simple: Both. We have Garza projected to make $5.25 million in 2011 (through arbitration). If he is […]

     
  • Matt Garza Traded To The Cubs For Fuld And Four Prospects

    January 7, 2011 at 10:42 am 83 comments

    [Update] Bruce Miles confirms that Fernando Perez is the outfielder the Rays are sending to the Cubs. [Update] Bruce Levine is now reporting that the deal is done pending physicals. Levine confirms the five players listed below from the Cubs. He adds that the Cubs will receive a minor league […]

     
  • Two Years Ago On Rays Index

    January 7, 2011 at 10:30 am 0 comments

    Two years ago on Rays Index we were amazed to learn that Major League Baseball allowed JC Romero to pitch in the World Series against the Rays. 2008 World Series Champs: Philadelphia Phillies* [Rays Index] Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

     
  • Rays Kicking The Tires On Manny Ramirez

    Rays Kicking The Tires On Manny Ramirez

    January 7, 2011 at 9:00 am 7 comments

    Craig Calcaterra translates a Tweet from Enrique Rojas about Manny Ramirez… “In the previous days, 2 people in Manny’s inner circle have mentioned that Rays have shown some interest in him. This could be completely unfounded, but it is an interesting possibility.” Yes, please. But let’s temper our excitement for […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Touchdowns, Eric Chavez And The Last Of Sheff (Hopefully)

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Touchdowns, Eric Chavez And The Last Of Sheff (Hopefully)

    January 7, 2011 at 7:11 am 0 comments

    The Rays have signed former Red Sox and Mets outfielder Chris Carter — all he does is catch touchdowns — to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Carter a left-handed bat, hit .263 with 4 home runs and a .317 OBP in 100 games with the […]