Of the 20 “most distressed” metropolitan areas in the country, five areas in the state of Florida are among the top eight, including Tampa-St. Pete (#2) and the Orlando area (#1).

In both Tampa-St. Pete and Orlando, unemployment is rated as “emergency crisis,” the worst possible rating. Housing in both areas is also in “emergency crisis.” Net worth was rated slightly better at “distressed/unstable.”

Other Florida cities on the list include Jacksonville (#5), Miami-Ft. Laudersale (#7), and Bradenton-Sarasota (#8). [Business Insider]


  • BJ Upton met with the Braves. [Mark Bowman]
  • Sources tell Ken Rosenthal that the Rays are interested in Royals prospect Wil Myers, a power-hitting outfielder. But apparently the Royals think so highly of him, that they are not even sure they would trade him for Jeremy Hellickson or *gulp* Matt Moore. [FoxSports]
  • The Cardinals are adding an alternate jersey next season that will have “St. Louis” across the front. It will be the first time they have worn a “St. Louis” jersey since 1932. [StLToday.com]
  • Former Rays catcher Dioner Navarro has signed with the Cubs. [MLBTradeRumors]
  • A Detroit writer voted for David Price over Justin Verlander in the Cy Young voting. He defends that vote. [DetroitNews]
  • The people of Miami-Dade County are screwed to the tune of $2.4 billion. [BI Chart]
  • Here’s a look at how the Marlins situation could impact the Rays search for a new stadium. [TampaBaySportsCentral]
  • The Mariners are adding a BIG video screen. I mean really big. [BI Sports]
  • A Padres blogger suggests some pieces that the Pads could offer for Jeremy Hellickson. [Chicken Friars]
  • A Tigers blogger doesn’t think David Price should have won the Cy Young Award. While that might not surprise, it will surprise you that he would have voted for Fernando Rodney. [MotorCityBengals]
  • MLB Reports argues for the Rays moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico. [MLB Reports]
  • And finally, Manny Ramirez hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in the Dominican Winter League. And the stadium went crazy…






  1. don says:

    In light of Miami latest lets screw the Tax payer for some multi Billionair, lets see Stuie get the little old ladies and hard working people of Tampabay to pay for his next Profit venture (a new stadium)
    Does anyone out there think that the Day Stuie gets a new stadium he goes out and signs a couple of $10mil hitters...
    would anyone like to bet

  2. Ted Sheckler says:

    25 extra million per year from the league + a new local TV deal in a couple years. I'll bet Stuie pays a couple hitters 10+ million with or without a new stadium starting in 2014. At least one hitter in 2014. The new local deal is going to bring them a significant increase in dollar dollar bills y'all. He may now throw it all at the team, but he won't throw none of it at them either.

  3. deezy333 says:

    Hellickson for Myers and Crow

    Myers takes over in centerfield and Crow allows the Rays to trade...

    Davis for Josh Rutledge and Tim Wheeler

    Crow takes Davis' high leverage spot in the bullpen. Rutledge becomes the everyday second base man.

  4. don says:

    Toronto signs a .346 hitter for $8mil a year (only 2 year risk)...
    No word from Stuie and the Rays...except maybe too much money..... but Pena was worth it...

    • deezy333 says:

      I really thought the Rays had a chance to sign Melky, but oh well. I still think they could get Coco Crisp relatively cheap. Maybe just swap Ryan Roberts for Crisp?

    • Mike says:

      Melky hit .346 on the juice. Do we really know he is capable of doing anything off the juice? Do we really want another hitter who is a cheater? Manny didn't work out too well.

      We don't want Cocoa Puffs either. Shields would have to knock him out and might break his pitching hand this time.


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