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Angels owner Arte Moreno used to be very vocal in his opposition to huge contracts. Then he gave Albert Pujols $254 million.

The difference? A new (very large) TV deal is on the horizon.

The Angels next TV deal could be worth $150 million per year.  For comparison, one of the biggest reasons the Rays consistently have a low payroll is their TV deal which pays them in the neighborhood of $20 million per year.

All of a sudden, $25 million a year for Pujols doesn’t seem that crazy.


  • Tonight is the deadline to tender contracts. For arbitration-eligible players (more than 3 years, but less than 6 years experience), if a contract is tendered they will have their 2012 salary determined by an arbitration hearing. If not tendered, they will become free agents. Marc Topkin speculates that JP Howell and Andy Sonnanstine are two that could be non-tendered. []
  • Would the Rays give Pudge Rodriguez a shot behind the plate? Jon Heyman thinks it is possible. [@Jon_Heyman]
  • Last Friday was Joe Maddon’s annual Thanksmas dinner. Here is a pic of Maddon stirring a big pot of pasta sauce. [Hardball Talk]
  • Todd Glaesmann, OF, the Rays third round pick in 2009 is playing winter ball in Australia and has been named to the ABL All-Star team (thanks Adam). [ABL]
  • The shine has come off of Raheem Morris. [Joe Bucs Fan]




  1. Michael says:

    The Rays franchise deserves a better TV contract

  2. Blake says:

    At this point in his career, Pudge is redundant on a team that already has Molina.

  3. Mike M says:

    When is the current Rays TV contract over?

    • pete says:

      2015 or 2016 , but not for a little while.

      • Rg says:

        What does it matter when the contract is up. $tu should just pretend it’s a contract with the city of Saint Petersburg.

        • pete says:

          If the City of Saint Petersburg would support this playoff caliber team , I’m sure it wouldn’t be a issue. Since the City clearly doesn’t support this team , finding a place not so far out of the way on a tiny ass peninsula for the rest of the bay area would be a smart decision.

  4. phil says:

    for at least $50 million a year …

  5. Joe says:

    Also, there are Andrew Bailey rumors flying around. He may be too pricey in prospects and arbitration but damn it, I want him….and the Red Sox are the other team that wants him, that also.

  6. td32 says:

    According to the Deadspin leaked documents, the Rays got $13 million in 2008 in tv and radio deals.

  7. s says:

    please tell me i missed it somewhere. are we seriously bringing back jp howell? the only NT i saw was andy s. what a complete joke. jp howell was a fraud last year and may never pitch again at MLB levels, i don’t want to hear them bitch one bit about money if they are going to throw away over a million dollars on a complete clown.

  8. s says:

    nevermind, i found my answer.

    “”We’re big believers in who J.P. is and what he’s done to put himself in position to have a good 2012 season. J.P. is one of those guys you bet on.”

    what a joke!!!!!!!

    • pete says:

      He was coming off shoulder surgery without a full off season and spring training. He still gets lefty’s out and i bet he bounces back. His stuff was still there. His command was not back yet.

      • MJ says:

        His stuff was NOT still there. Not sure what you were watching. His curve had zero bite and his fast ball did not have the good tailing action it used to.

        • pete says:

          I think you need to go back and look at some tape. Ask any scout what was wrong with JP Howell last year and you will get one word. Command. His curve and 2 seem fastball are just fine. Problem was he caught too much plate or couldn’t find it. I’ll leave it at that.

          • Don says:

            Wonder what the demand is for pitches that “catch too much of the plate or can’t find it”??? just wondering

          • pete says:

            Don , If he wasn’t just removed from shoulder surgery , you would be right. I’ve never seen any pitcher coming off shoulder surgery have command of his pitches when they get back. Is there a chance that he’s done? Sure , but to me and obviously to the front office , its worth the chance that he’s not done.

          • MJ says:

            I dont need to go watch the tape because i watch 95% of Rays games the last 5 years and its obvious. His curve caught to much of the plate because it never dove out of the strike zone. He threw the pitch to the same spot he used to, but no bite equals thigh high spinner.

    • Sarah says:

      I second Pete’s comments — I think whether JP can go further with his recovery is still an open question. Clearly the Rays think it’s worth a shot. Presumably if he is not effective they will let him go.

  9. phil says:

    Hopefully JP bounces back to 2009 form because if he does the rays have a great bullpen.

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