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THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Luke Scott’s $2.75 million contract includes $750,000 in incentives (likely tied to number of plate appearances). [Don Connolly]
  • Meanwhile, Kyle Farnsworth can make up to $1.65 million in incentives based on appearances and games finished (teams can’t give bonuses for performance such as saves. So “games finished” is how they pay a reliever more if he ends up being the closer). In addition, Kelly Johnson‘s deal includes $100,000 in bonuses for plate appearances. [TampaBay.com]
  • After what happened with the Marlins stadium it is Interesting that the Dolphins received unanimous approval for a sales tax rebate to help fund $400 million in renovations for their stadium. Maybe finding state funding for a new Rays stadium won’t be as impossible as many believe. [Miami Herald]
  • The Mets appear to be the team most interested in Michael Bourn. Ken Rosenthal says they are offering a three-year deal. However, the Mets do not want to pay $15 million per season. Rosenthal thinks other teams may be willing to offer more but are waiting. All of this is just more evidence that Bourn is not a good fit for the Rays. [FoxSports]
  • The mayors of Tampa and St. Pete sat down together for an interview to discuss the Rays. It was pretty much the same talking points they always give. [WTSP]
  • Meanwhile, Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik made it clear he does not want to get involved. [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • The Rays released a non-declarative statement responding to one commissioner’s proposal to allow the Rays to explore options in Hillsborough for a $1.4 million fee. [WTSP.com]
  • The Rays have six prospects in ESPN.com’s list of the top 100 prospects. Wil Myers is no. 4. Also on the list is Taylor Guerieri (#47), Chris Archer (#53), Jake Odorizzi (#68), Hak-Ju Lee (#78; he was #12 in 2012), and Alex Colome (#81). [ESPN]
  • Jayson Stark ranks the six divisions. [ESPN]
  • Scott Kazmir: “I think I can be one of the best pitchers in the game.” That is actually a recent quote. [NYPost]
  • Manny Ramirez is considering an option to play in Taiwan. [Jon Morosi]
  • The SEC dominated National Signing Day. [BI Chart]
  • The sportsbooks don’t think the Bucs have much of a shot to win next year’s Super Bowl. [BI Sports]
  • Will Ronde Barber be back in 2013? [JoeBucsFan]
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  1. Greg says:

    Kazmir is a strange case. His fastball dropped to around 85 and that usually indicates an injury. I don't know that one was diagnosed, but he's now throwing 95, reportedly. I remember he stopped using his slider and was throwing so many fastballs that it seemed like he didn't trust it anymore. Supposedly, he's throwing a curve and has improved other secondary pitches. I wouldn't be surprised if he had some success again. And I'm rooting for him.

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  2. Greg says:

    As far as Bourne, I keep seeing the reports of how the Rays are a possible fit...not happening. I think he's still available because he is over 30 and as his speed goes, so goes his value. I wonder if he (and Lohse for that matter) will even get an offer that will beat the $13.3M their respective teams offered? I guess someone will pull the trigger. They always do.

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  3. Don says:

    Offer Scott $1000 for each hit, save some money...
    Kazmir talks like hes moved up to the "good stuff"
    Rays told St. pete You'll take $400,000 or we'll take you to arbitration, Its worked before

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  4. Dave L says:

    Bourne, though an obvious great addition is a pipe dream.

    He would provide a lock down outfield + a perfect leadoff hitter. His recent WAR is at or above BJ's from what i remember

    Alas my fellow Rays fans he will ultimately sign with the Mets for 3 to 5 times what we would consider paying him.

    Take that to the bank and cash it

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