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

RAYS 6, Pirates 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Luke Power. Luke Scott hit a long home run which is a good sign that not only is his bat ready for opening day, but his swing might not be feeling anymore effects from surgery…

THE BAD: Another Bruise. Fernando Rodney took a line drive off his forearm in the 9th inning. Supposedly it is only a bruise, which means we won’t see him again until May.

THE TELLING: We now know that Jeremy Hellickson will start the third game of the year followed by Matt Moore and Jeff Niemann…We’ve mentioned this before, but no non-roster position player has made the Rays opening day lineup since Eric Hinske in 2008…Desmond Jennings and Reid Brignac are expected to play in the field today.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • It’s official, BJ Upton’s soreness that was supposed to keep him out 2-3 days, will now land him on the DL to start the year. Can’t say we are surprised. [TampaBay.com]
  • The baseball season has already started for two teams. Here is a look at some of the highlights you might not have seen on SportsCenter. [BI Sports]
  • Roger Mooney writes about the non-roster players that suddenly have a shot at making the Rays opening day roster. [TBO.com]
  • Tony Tufano remains in a medically induced coma. [TBO.com]
  • Interestingly, John Sickels doesn’t include any Rays players in his list of his favorite players 25 and under. That means no Matt Moore and no Desmond Jennings. [Minor League Ball]
  • The group, “Build it Downtown Tampa” has written a letter to Bud Selig urging him to get involved in the stadium situation…Trust us folks, Selig already has his hands all over this mess. [WTSP.com]
  • An interesting look at the time leading up to Matt Moore’s decision to sign an extension with the Rays from the point of view of his agent. [MLB.com]

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14 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    B.J. Upton knows how to please his fan base!

  2. Don says:

    Little tired of BJ’s little Baby BS…time for the Rays to move forward with their CF of the future..Jennings….
    Joyce Jennings Zobrist..whats wrong with that for an outfield..
    BJ get lost…your a $7mil distraction…our highest payed player!

  3. s says:

    he’s the 3rd highest paid, but i agree that we should have made some sort of deal for him already, either last year or in the offseason. the trade window has now pretty much closed on him.

    all you heard from the FO was that we could get better value for him in the offseason vs at the trade deadline last year. we had offers and should have taken the best one at the TD. let’s be honest, we should easily be in the hunt for the playoff at the TD this year, and there’s no way we move him if he’s having anywhere near a “decent” year. the only way he gets traded is if he’s a complete bust, and then we get NOTHING in return for a rental defensive CF. we dropped the ball on this one.

    will BJ Upton be a contributing factor if the rays make the playoffs this year? just don’t see it.

    here’s the real question though. with the horrible hitting spring training that we’ve seen, and in the past couple of seasons, when will the FO and joe finally stick their foot in derek shelton’s ass? once again, all we heard late last year from everyone was “this isn’t the time to make a change, it would do more harm than good”. enough is enough, this has to be the easiest job in baseball. “it’s not the coaches fault, it’s the players”. then what exactly is he liable for? what does he do? isn’t it worth a shot at hiring someone else to prove this theory wrong? it can’t truly get worse.

  4. s says:

    cork,
    what happened to the recent comments section on the side of the page? if it took up ad space, can you put it somewhere else?
    thanks

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Actually, it was bogging down the server and causing the page longer to load than it should. So we had to cut it. I’m looking for an alternative, but nothing yet.

  5. Dave L says:

    Then all you BJ haters should be happy he’s hurt right? Since by your calculations we are a better team without him and seeing that he is so poorly valued that we would only get a box of crackerjacks and a skate key in return for him.

    Lets just see how you like our outfield you have been begging for this early April.

    • Don says:

      Bet you the Whole outfield (3players) don’t strike out as much as Upton, BA will be higher…for the outfielders
      and the unity between players in outfield better..
      No one pointing fingers but if I had to guess Jennings had a beat on the ball and called for it, before Upton ran into Him

    • Mike. says:

      I like BJ, but you make it sound like Upton would be replaced with Jesus Feliciano, when in actuality, Jennings would move to center, Joyce to left and Zobrist to right. That OF wouldn’t be much of a drop-off and could actually be better.

      • Dave L says:

        Its a decent outfiled then but with less range. Now in the lineup you have effectively traded BJ for either Keppinger (or god forbid) Reid. So you have a complete loss of power and no pressure on the basepaths.

        Filling out a productive lineup card gets much tougher.

        I hope I am wrong, we shall see.

    • s says:

      BJ is a .250 hitting CF with around 18 HR power. His great range is somewhat offset by his throwing accuracy and decision making in the field. He takes too many pitches (the rays way!!) and is near the top of the AL for CF’s in both strikeouts and walks. His baserunning skills are at best poor, and for his speed he’s an average base stealer. His attitude and performance gets him sat down for a game or two almost every year and obviously causes some issues in the clubhouse.

      Does that equate to being on the highest paid players on our roster? Is there anyway in hell that we sign him past this year? Could we sign or trade for someone that would step in and someone fill his shoes for less? Tough questions, I just don’t want to see him walk away and get nothing in return, especially when it’s pretty likely we can at least be a playoff, or at least a wildcard team with someone else in CF.

      Cork,
      Will we get a 1st or 2nd pick for him if he walks after this year? Does type type A or B apply to BJ if he walks.

    • s says:

      BJ is a .250 hitting CF with around 18 HR power. His great range is somewhat offset by his throwing accuracy and decision making in the field. He takes too many pitches (the rays way!!) and is near the top of the AL for CF’s in both strikeouts and walks. His baserunning skills are at best poor, and for his speed he’s an average base stealer. His attitude and performance gets him sat down for a game or two almost every year and obviously causes some issues in the clubhouse.
      Does that equate to being on the highest paid players on our roster? Is there anyway in hell that we sign him past this year? Could we sign or trade for someone that would step in and someone fill his shoes for less? Tough questions, I just don’t want to see him walk away and get nothing in return, especially when it’s pretty likely we can at least be a playoff, or at least a wildcard team with someone else in CF.

      Cork,
      Will we get a 1st or 2nd pick for him if he walks after this year? Does type type A or B apply to BJ if he walks.

  6. Alex says:

    Upton’s in a contract year…He’ll have a good year

    • Mike. says:

      Yes, this is a little different, but Upton has been in a contract year for 3 years now. As an arb-eligible player, his salary each is based on how well he played the year before.

  7. BurGi says:

    Regarding John Sickel’s list: He doesn’t count players who still are rookies (Moore). And in the comments he mentioned that Jennings was close.

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