Roger Mooney makes the case that it is time for Matt Joyce to be an everyday player. This despite just five career starts and 51 career at bats against lefties.
When Andrew Friedman was asked about possibility of Joyce being in the lineup most days, he said:
“Part of me is intrigued with the idea of him getting a lot of at-bats and seeing what that means. But, at the same time, we’re going to go through all the different options and how things fit, and figure out how to put the best 13-position player team that we can.”
We wish World B. Friedman would have stopped after the first statement, because this is exactly what we are hoping for from the 2011 Rays. If this is indeed a reloading year (we refuse to call it “rebuilding” because we think they will be back in 2012), then the Rays need to figure out if some of the younger guys can be everyday players. Guys like Joyce, Reid Brignac and John Jaso.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Carl Crawford took out a half-page ad (times are tough) in the St. Pete Times, thanking Tampa Bay. After being called out by by us and a local beat writer, the timing of the ad is curious. [The Heater]
- Rays Prospects has updated stats for all the Rays prospects playing in the winter leagues. [Rays Prospects]
- Rays Prospects also has starting pitcher rotation projections for each of the Rays minor league affiliates. [Rays Prospects]
- Triple-A manager Charlie Montoyo calls him “Mini Zobrist,” but in 2011 Elliot Johnson will be in the big leagues as the Rays utility player. [TampaBay.com]