Let’s get caught up on some telling links.


  • Joel Peralta wants to return to the Rays, saying “I wish I wasn’t a free agent.” [TampaBay.com]
  • BJ Upton is the Rays’ nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, the bogus award that is supposed to be the hitting equivalent of the Cy Young Award, but instead MLB turned it into a money grab with sponsors and fan voting. [TampaBay.com]
  • Dewayne Staats is one of seven finalists for the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award for broadcasting excellence. [TampaBay.com]
  • Noah Pransky has a good roundup of recent stadium news. [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • Speaking of stadiums, Tropicana Field was judged to have the 7th cleanest stadium in baseball. [UFE.com]
  • Jack Moore of CBSSports.com includes the Phillies, Mets, Cubs, Rangers, and Braves as possible landing spots for Upton. We can already scratch the Mets from that list who are not going to be adding any big money free agents anytime soon. And the Cubs seem unlikely as they are trying to get younger and cheaper. [CBSSports]
  • TTFBaseball makes a case for BJ Upton to the Phillies. [TFFBaseball]
  • James Shields for Elvis Andrus? Just speculation, but doesn’t sound like a Rays-like move. [Rant Sports]
  • Not a new rumor, but Phil Rogers says the Cubs will again try to trade Matt Garza once he is healthy, in an effort to replenish a farm system that was decimated when the Cubs traded for Garza. [Sulia]
  • Glad to see that I was not the only one that was unimpressed with Josh Freeman’s game this weekend. [JoeBucsFan]
  • Anybody want an Evan Longoria “autographed” (not really though) Jersey patch? The World Series patch is a nice touch. [The Emblem Source]
  • How about a Rays yarmulke? [The Emblem Source]






  1. Greg says:

    It's strange but I would not do the Shields-Andrus trade now. Maybe next July. It's not a bad deal, but I'd rather look for a better deal this winter or get half a season more from Shields. Maybe I overrate Shields, but we will probably not get fair value for him in any trade and he is part of a rotation that can win 90 games without an offense. Shields is 30 and immediately becomes the Rangers best pitcher while we would get a 24-year old SS with a good glove, nice OBP but below average OPS+. Good speed, no pop. I like Andrus - it's just hard to get a position player to offset the loss of a top of the rotation pitcher that consistently pitches well over 200 innings. Hold onto Shields til July and then pull the trigger if possible. I know that offensively the Rays are no fun - but the Orioles needed the best one-run record in history to beat us. I think we can duplicate our 90 wins next year and it will be enough.

    • Tom says:

      I would hate to see Shields leave but Andrus would be a pretty good haul and they would also save 10 million in salary over the next 2 seasons. Cobb is also a decent replacement for Shields.

    • Nathan says:

      Problem is that come next July, we're still in the hunt and won't pull the trigger on any deal for James. I think his value becomes higher to us next season and makes it more difficult for the front office to trade him. We need a full season of a quality bat, not just half a season.

  2. Dave L says:

    Hey Cork when are you planning to update that trade value index chart?

    I depended on that to let me know about who is locked up and for how long.

    For once our bullpen looks like it may have some stability.
    Rodney has another year. Mcgee and WD40 are locked up for multiple years.

    The guys on the block(I think), Farnsworth had a kind of down year and may not get great offers, JP has had so much injury time he may not command much, Peralta doesnt have wow stuff he's just a grinder so may not get alot on the open market, Hopper? maybe we have 2 years on him? but Mr. Groundball gave up alot of long balls so I could take him or leave him regardless.

    We will always scrounge up a few specialists off the non tendered heap to fill the holes.

    Not every guy can be expected to have career years in 2013 as most did this year so the pen probably won't be as great but can be very good again. But maybe our bullpen will look similar to start next April, for once.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      We'll start to ramp things up starting next week as we get closer to the off-season. Payroll/roster projections and TVI are at the top of the list.

    • Greg says:

      You should bookmark Cot's for all your contract questions:


      • Dave L says:

        Thanks alot of information there.

        Its a little confusing however. According to that site, Price's status with the Rays is the same as BJ's? Signed for 2012 only and no ties beyond that? I wasn't aware of that.

        Corks chart is succinct although its only completely updated when he posts it, and then things change gradually as moves are made.

        • Greg says:

          Cork can jump in here and drop some knowledge but Price is till in his arbitration years - 6 years at the major league level. And he has 4+ years right now, so he is eligible (again) for arbitration this offseason. We avoided it last year by agreeing to a deal. I believe we should have him at least this year and next. I imagine we'll try to lock him up long term before then but it will be difficult since he's one of the best in the majors. Cot's website doesn't mention specifically how many more years a team has rights to a player so it is a little tricky to figure out sometimes.

  3. Gus says:

    Pransky writes the key question: the projected bump in attendance isn't worth the cost of a new stadium. The Rays (and the local governments) would be better off with an outright subsidy to the teams. (Louisiana does something similar wiith the Sains, guaranteeing ticket sales).

    Live attenadance is yesterday's war. TV revenue is what really matters. The sooner the Rays realize that, the better off they'll be.

    For those of you dreaming about Channelside, dream on. There is no way the hockey owner is going to let a competing sports franchise in his kitchen once he acquires Channelside. If baseball moves there, the hockey team dies within 3 years.

    • Tom says:

      I am not a big hockey fan so if this is a dumb question go easy on me... why would the Rays moving to Channelside kill the hockey team?

  4. Brianknowsbest says:


    Just saw Longoria walking out of welness center COCO EATON(best surgeon in tampa bay) works at. Should we be worried?


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