MLB: MAY 11 Angels v RaysIf 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.

Without further ado…

On the sixth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, SIX HEALTHY MONTHS OF EVAN LONGORIA…

Let’s face it. We can talk about who the Rays can acquire to be the DH until we have sunbursts shooting out of our butts. But unless the Rays can get 150+ games from Evan Longoria, the offense is going to be inconsistent at best, and no-hittable on a nightly basis at worst.

Has he just been unlucky? Has he worked out too much in the offseason? Does he party too much? Are the Rays trainers awful at their job? Has he been less than honest about injuries in order to push a return earlier than he should have? I have heard all of these excuses and have no idea which is true. Longo may not even know.

But the Rays need to hope for some thing better than the 74 games that Longoria played in 2012.

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  1. Brent says:

    Dam Cork we think alike, on Christmas I debunked TT's article about there preferred Trop location before your follow article the following day, then I was just replying to Don about how "5 starters" wasn't the issue, the injuries was, then after I went back to the main page, you just posted an article about Longo's injuries! LOL, keep up the good work, and thanks again for feeding us our daily dose of Rays, even in the offseason, happy new year to you and your family as well! And, though Longo's injury might of held us back from winning a WS, it did let me win a $50 gift card for ShopMLB.com by guessing his return date!!! lol

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  2. J 2.0 says:

    Any word on if the Rays are in on Yuniesky Betancourt? Seems like a logical fit to me.

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  3. don says:

    Said this before..I'll say it again...anyone who has played or even watched sports knows a good athlete that always seems to have smething wrong with him.....missing playing time..
    Until Longo shows he Wants to play 150-160 games he has "something to prove"..4 years of "injuries" is not a good sign...

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    • Alex says:

      It strikes me as funny that Longo is considered injury prone and doesn't play enough games. In 2008 he played in 122 games after he started the season in AAA and had a freak wrist break in August. He got hit by a pitch if you don't remember. 157 games in 2009. 151 in 2010. 133 in 2011. Yes he's had his share of injuries but so do a lot of great players. Yes he has had some annoying lingering issues, and last year sucked, but he has shown he can play in a majority of games 2 out of his 4 seasons. And a third season he would of played a majority of them.

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  4. Dave L says:

    Ask yourself why would Longo sign such an extension? Its more head scratching than the first contract.

    A factor has to be that in the back of Evan's mind there is a gnawing feeling that hammy that hasnt felt right since 2009 may never fully be right. So he's hedging his bets. Extremely rare move in sports but may be prudent and good for him in the long run.

    If he has to be our permanent DH for the next ten years thats not a bad deal.

    So I will settle for about 130 games total with 30 being as a DH.

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    • Alex says:

      Or maybe he enjoys it here and he is satisfied knowing he is set for life regardless of injuries or anything else.

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  5. Jason says:

    Six healthy months...January, February, March, October, November and December.

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