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 ninth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, NINE STARTS FOR MATT MOORE BEFORE THE ALL-STAR BREAK…

This one is simple. The Rays have at least eight Big League starting pitchers. So if the Rays want Matt Moore to work on a couple of things and ease him into the rotation, that’s cool. But if the Rays are serious about fielding the best possible 25-man roster in 2012, then Moore needs to be in the majors sooner, rather than later.

Typically, a team will go through the rotation 17-18 times in the 12 weeks before the break. That means if Moore is to get at least nine starts, he needs to be back up by the middle of May.

Andrew Friedman made a point to say that Moore is not guaranteed a spot in the rotation, despite his new contract. But in the end, a Rays rotation is better with Moore than without.

So give him a few starts in Durham and then bring him back for good. We can live with that.

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  1. Joe says:

    My favorite part of the 2012 Rays is the front 4 of Price, Shields, Hellickson and Moore. Matt has the arm strength built up after spending 5 years in the minors, he needs to break camp in the rotation, if they want to skip a start here or there because of an extra day off or a rain out, alright but I don't want him going to Durham to start the year.

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  2. LoLJFH says:

    Maybe the idea here is for him to go to Durham to get a bit more prepared for season. Typically Spring Training is to "work on pitches" and results don't usually matter (unless he absolutely flames out which I find doubtful). This could also be Friedman's way of making sure the kid knows he has to earn his spot and it is not just "given" to him. On a typical team without the pitching depth we have I could definitely see him down in Durham for 4-6 weeks then called up - but no value in doing this. He has a nice new contract and HAS to play. What if he gets hurt in Durham? What if you trade Davis or Niemann and have an Alex Cobb start the season in Tampa (ooops!!) and all 5 starters are pitching lights out without Moore in rotation - then what?
    Make him #5, skip him from time to time, tag him with an "oblique strain" in late June so he comes back after ASG with 2-3 weeks "rest" (DOUBT he is on ASG roster) and let him go the rest of the year.

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  3. Don says:

    Moore becomes the 3rd best pitcher on the staff after stepping on the mound 5/6 times,does anybody really think the Rays are going to pay him real money to go to Durham? he has a 30+yr old man and a rookie to pass to be #1....come on boys give me a break...

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