MLB: New York Mets at Tampa Bay RaysNow that the World Series is over we will start to ramp-up the off-season coverage. Like most seasons, there are a lot of changes that need to be made. Most of the moves will be at the back-end of the roster and will barely register on the national radar. And then there is David Price and Jeremy Hellickson. Will one of them be traded? Both? Until then, here are a few links…

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • All 4 infielders were finalists for the Gold Glove at their position and all four did not win. Gold Gloves are dumb.
  • Freddy Guzman has been removed from the 40-man roster and will become a minor league free agent.
  • Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon are now the longest-tenured manager-GM duo in baseball. [TampaBay.com]
  • I wrote something about David Ortiz and steroids. Red Sox fans weren’t happy. It’s like they think I just made up his positive test. [BI Sports]
  • Joe Maddon’s entire coaching staff are now free agents but they are all expected to be back. That is, unless Dave Martinez is hired as a manager. Detroit and Washington seem to be the two best shots for Martinez now. If Martinez does leave, it will be interesting to see who would become Maddon’s next bench coach. Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo deserves a shot, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will get it. Maddon made it clear in 2008, when he replaced Bill Evers with Martinez, that it is important that his bench coach have the right personality. Also, has Montoyo ever been “called up” in September? I don’t think he has even though the Rays can (and do) add coaches, often from the minors. You would think Maddon would want to give Montoyo a test-drive. [Marc Topkin]
  • What would the Rangers have to give up to trade for David Price? [Konsume] and [LoneStarBall]
  • A poll asked St. Pete residents about the Rays stadium mess. [BayNews9]
  • The St. Pete mayoral candidates offer opinions on how to handle the Rays’ stadium situation. [ABC Action News]
  • Can the Bucs win five of their last nine games? I think it is more likely that they lose all nine. [JoeBucsFan]

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13 Comments

  1. MarkE says:

    Red Sux fans angry? What’s this madness?

    Montoyo has way more value to the Rays organization in Durham than he does standing next to JoeMad every night acting as aYes Man.

  2. jordan says:

    maybe you didn’t know but the Nationals have already appointed a new manager so that is a pointless statement

    • Cork Gaines says:

      The Nationals did not make that announcement until after this post went up. Yes there was a rumor last week, but it took 5 days to finalize the deal suggesting that it was far from a done deal and that it might not have happened. If the deal had fallen apart, Martinez may have been the backup plan.

  3. Gus says:

    Talk of Hellickson being traded seems crazy to me; his value is at an all-time low. He is still cheap. He is due for a bounce back year of some kind. I just don’t see that one, especially when management is saying they still intend to win with pitching.

    The crazy high Lincecum signing is very, very bad for the Rays aribitration with David Price this winter, no?

  4. Scott says:

    Montoyo was “called up” last year. He was in NY with the club after the AAA season ended. If his value is better served as the Manager of Durham, he should be paid accordingly to that of a MLB Coach if it’s where the Rays want him to be. Give him a reason to stay. Would we rather he get paid well and stay in Durham and do nothing but win and develop players or take a role in another club and one day maybe coach against us.

    • Beth says:

      Because the Bulls have had a great deal of success, they are in the IL playoffs with some frequency, so Montoyo’s season may go longer than many of the lower minor league teams.

      I agree that the Rays should pay him sufficiently to keep him happy, but I’d imagine just about every minor league manager wants to coach/manage in the majors, even if it meant a pay cut. Who wouldn’t?

  5. Alex says:

    It’s nothing short of amazing that a guy at the age of 37 (just about 38) continues to get better and better. He’s always been overweight. He was never right in Minnesota then all of the sudden he goes to Boston in 2003 and he becomes great. At the same time he got there Boston has known steroid users like Manny, Curt Schilling, Keith Folke, Nomar etc…Yea he’s not a juicer. Barry Bonds also got better with age.

  6. AJNO says:

    Hellboy and Price to the Dodgers for 8 prospects, 2 of whom are MLB ready…

  7. mp645 says:

    Ortiz sure reminds me of Barry Bonds. He got caught up in the 2003 era steroid scandle.. Bonds was charged with lying to the Grand Jury stating he never took steroids. He was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.He was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2011. In 2013 the conviction was upheld for perjury. Baseball Hall of Fame didn’t choose him. They got that part right!

    Ortiz is nearly 38…everyone ages and there is always a decline with age, like it or not. You actually start the decline at about age 21. Just like a rock rolling down a hill, you pick up speed (for aging) as you roll down the hill.

    Boston cheats! Boston lies. Boston players “slide” into bases with spikes up to get the opponents basemen, Boston players fall down with their spikes up to trip players, Boston players unessesarily put shoulders down to ram the catcher..this is baseball not football.

    Anything to do with the Red Sox on TV, I will not watch…They should have their World Series status revoked.

    Where is true sportsmanship? is this the type of baseball kids should look up to?

  8. Beazy says:

    ROIDtiz!

  9. Geoff Peterson says:

    Look at the history of baseball until about the end of the 1980′s. Player stats usually peaked in their late 20′s or early 30′s and started to seriously deteriorate toward their mid 30′s. Even Hall of Fame level players who hung on till they were close to 40 saw their stats dive over their last few seasons with a few exception years here or there. But no one got BETTER after age 33 or 34, it just doesn’t make sense. Guys are still cycling on and off these drugs and are using masking drugs to pass the tests. Sad but true.

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