If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.”
However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that many of our wishes came true. Many did not. If we can get a couple of more this year, the Rays might just win it all.
Without further ado…
On the tenth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, $10 MILLION ADDED TO THE 2012 PAYROLL…
The 2012 Tampa Bay Rays have a chance to be something really special. Depending on how this winter shakes out, you can make an argument that the Rays have as good a chance of winning the American League as anybody.
But that means adding a big league bat…or two.
With the signing of Fernando Rodney, the Rays projected payroll for 2012 is ~$55 million. We’d feel a lot more comfortable at $65 million. That is still just one-third of the Yankees payroll, and likely just as talented of a roster.
So folks…We already asked for an $8 million bat (Carlos Pena?). But if you were Andrew Friedman, and Stuart Sternberg gave you $10 million to spend any way you want, what would you do?