The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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THE GOOD: Jake McGee. For really the first time this spring, Joe Maddon gave McGee some legit work, pitching the 4th and 5th inning against the Yankees. And McGee did not disappoint, facing the minimum number of batters and allowing just 1 walk. If you are still hoping McGee will be on the opening day roster, this was the best sign yet.

THE BAD: Mike Ekstrom. His horrid spring continues. After falling behind 3-0 to Nick Swisher, he gave up a go-ahead 2-run home run to Nick Swisher.

THE TELLING: David Price pitched 5 innings in a minor league game…Joe Maddon finalized the starting rotation, with Wade Davis #3, Jeff Niemann #4 and Jeremy Hellickson #5. Picking Davis over Niemann at #3 is more about which one Maddon likes against the Orioles in the opening series, than it is about talent…Yogi Berra took a stumble before the game, and Joe Maddon was there for the assist.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • On Monday at 6:30, Fox Sports Florida will premier the “2011 Tampa Bay Rays Season Preview” hosted by Todd Kalas.
  • Several Rays worked out at the Trop on the new turf. The biggest concern is learning the speed, which apparently can be adjusted by changing the fill material. [TampaBay.com]
  • Figure Filbert explores the idea of batting Manny Ramirez in the leadoff spot…If anybody would do it, it is Joe Maddon. Our initial reaction was that Tony LaRussa would try it also. But not before batting his pitcher leadoff. [Figure Filbert]
  • “The Worst Sports Fans in America”? Philadelphia. Don’t worry, Red Sox and Yankees fans are also in the top 10 (thanks John). [GQ.com]
  • Rafael Soriano had to remind the Yankees brass that he does not pitch against division rivals in the spring. [MLB]
  • Joe Smith writes about newly acquired shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee. [TampaBay.com]


Johnny Damon (via TampaBay.com)

Prospect Hak-Ju Lee singing (via TampaBay.com)

 

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7 Comments

  1. phil says:

    Bullpen starting to shape up: Farnsworth, Peralta, Cruz, McGee, Russell, Sony and one more spot left for Delaney, Ramos, Swindell and Wade.

    wondering if Maddon wants to keep a second lefty…

    Also can all of the 4 above battling for the final spot be sent to triple A without having to clear waivers?

    • werD says:

      where is Cabral?

      i feel like im beating a dead horse here, but id keep Cabral over any of those last four guys u mentioned (+ Sonny), for the first few weeks, at least.

      as to your question, they dont control Delaney or Wade, but the chances of the Rays cutting them, and them ending up on another team’s 25 man roster, are slim.

  2. phil says:

    Is cabral better than these guys or at least as good? how has he looked so far?

    Sonny will make it because he has experience as a major league starter and that is what is needed as the long reliever. It is the other 6 relievers we have to worry about!

    • werD says:

      right now, he is a little behind those guys, but as a Rule V pick, he needs to stay on the roster, or he gets sent back to Boston.

      Two yrs ago, the astros kept a Rule V young lefty named Wesley Wright on their roster as a long reliever/ middle inning guy (i mean really, once you go to your “long reliever” 85% of the time, the game is lost), they kept him on the roster/ DL for the year, then last year, sent him to AAA to work on being a starter. This year he’ll be doing the same, but definitely has a chance to break into the rotation later this year.

      Anyway, starting Lefties command a HUGE premium in MLB, so if you can find a way to keep a kid, then develop him, all for only 50K, I just think it makes good business sense, esp for the Rays. its that extra 2% that they are talking about, IMO…

  3. Joe says:

    Thinking Ramos gets the loogy spot, only cuz he’s pm the 40 man and Swindle isn’t. And I am thinking Juan Cruz gets a spot right away as for the 3rd guy it should be McGee vs Wade vs Delaney. I simply think Rays want to have 2 lefties so bye bye Ramos when the dude is back

  4. Sublime says:

    Hak Lee singing Luther, that’s impressive!

  5. phil says:

    McGee moves to closer by June and the dude by Mid May ….

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