Archive for October, 2012

  • Rays Decline Option, Let Luke Scott Become A Free Agent

    Rays Decline Option, Let Luke Scott Become A Free Agent

    October 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm 4 comments

    The Rays announced today that they have declined the $6 million option on Luke Scott’s contract, making him a free agent. In addition, they also announced that they have picked up the options on James Shields, Jose Molina, and Fernando Rodney, as expected. Declining the option on Scott is surprising […]

     
  • James Shields Is The Dodgers’ ‘#1 Target’

    James Shields Is The Dodgers’ ‘#1 Target’

    October 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm 18 comments

    The deep-pocketed Dodgers want to add a starting pitcher this winter, and according to Mark Saxon of ESPN.com, James Shields is at the top of their shopping list… “Colletti also would like to add another starting pitcher, in part because of the uncertainty about the health of Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly. According […]

     
  • Jeremy Hellickson Wins AL Gold Glove Award

    October 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm 3 comments

    Jeremy Hellickson has won the American League’s Gold Glove Award for pitchers. He is actually a co-recipient, tying Jake Peavy of the White Sox. Gotta admit. This one is a bit of head scratcher. I am not saying Hellickson isn’t a good defensive pitcher. But I have never thought of […]

     
  • Surprise! James Shields Will Not Become A Free Agent, But Will Luke Scott?

    Surprise! James Shields Will Not Become A Free Agent, But Will Luke Scott?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm 4 comments

    There is a chance that James Shields won’t pitch another game for the Rays, but it won’t be because the Rays decided to just let him walk. According to Marc Topkin, the Rays have informed Shields that they will pick up his $10.25 million option for next season. That is […]

     
  • A Closer Look At What Winning Means For Attendance In St. Pete

    A Closer Look At What Winning Means For Attendance In St. Pete

    October 30, 2012 at 11:40 am 8 comments

    I know, I know. Many of you would rather be locked in a room with Derek Shelton reading the dictionary while wearing a speedo than talk about attendance. And for the most part we respected your strange wishes this season. Sickos. But I wouldn’t be doing my job if I […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Mayor Foster’s ‘Tough Sh*t’ Letter, And No Deals For Hellickson And Jennings

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Mayor Foster’s ‘Tough Sh*t’ Letter, And No Deals For Hellickson And Jennings

    October 29, 2012 at 10:20 am 14 comments

    Guess what?! St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster will not let the Rays look for a new stadium in Hillsborough County. Shocking, right? And what is Foster’s reasoning? Stuart Sternberg knew the Rays situation was a mess when he bought the team and well, tough s*t. Here is a snippet of […]

     
  • Apparently Joe Philbin Is The Joe Maddon Of The NFL

    Apparently Joe Philbin Is The Joe Maddon Of The NFL

    October 26, 2012 at 10:40 am 6 comments

    I’ll be honest, I don’t know that much about Joe Philbin, the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Ian Eagle does, and he has a comparison that sports fans in Florida might find interesting (via Sun-Sentinel.com)… The Dolphins have clearly exceeded expectations through six games. Joe Philbin is like the Joe Maddon of football, a […]

     
  • Evolution Of Rays Payroll And Where It May Be Headed

    Evolution Of Rays Payroll And Where It May Be Headed

    October 26, 2012 at 7:26 am 6 comments

    Yesterday we saw that if the 2013 season started today, the payroll would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $61.4 million. That would be the fourth highest payroll in the eight seasons since Stuart Sternberg took over the Rays. And that’s without signing a single free agent. Here is a […]

     
  • 2013 Roster Projection Shows Rays May Not Have Much Payroll Flexibility

    2013 Roster Projection Shows Rays May Not Have Much Payroll Flexibility

    October 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm 17 comments

    If the season started today, the Tampa Bay Rays 2013 payroll would be approximately $61.4 million. This is based on raises already built into existing contracts, and  projected salaries for arbitration-eligible players and players in their first three seasons. At this point last year, the projected payroll was $52.1 million and […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Gary Sheffield’s Hatred Of The Rays, And Notes On The World Series

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Gary Sheffield’s Hatred Of The Rays, And Notes On The World Series

    October 25, 2012 at 8:47 am 0 comments

    It’s clear that Gary Sheffield blames the Rays for his career ending earlier than he would have liked. And that bitterness shines through in an interview with Sports On Earth, in which Sheffield talks about his post-playing career as an agent… Other Tampa natives, like Tino Martinez and Fred McGriff, […]