Before we get caught up on some odds and ends, it should be noted that the waiver claim on Pedro Figueroa has not been finalized and Figueroa is not yet on the Rays’ 40-man roster. Since the claim came on release-waivers, Figueroa has until Wednesday to accept or decline the waiver claim.
This is important because there are currently no open spots on the 40-man roster. Therefore, before the Rays can add Figueroa, somebody else must be cut or traded.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- As noted here several weeks ago, the Rays are projected to have their highest payroll ever. As the team does every year at about this time, Andrew Friedman calls that level “unaffordable” but that the team will do what they can to put the best team on the field. [TampaBay.com]
- Of the 122 teams in the 4 major pro sports in North America, only one team is cheaper to see in person than the Rays. [BI Sports]
- James Loney turned down similar offers from several other teams in order to re-sign with the Rays. [Roger Mooney]
- Jim Hickey says he would be surprised if David Price is traded. [TampaBay.com]
- Jack Moore of SportsOnEarth.com is the latest to make the case for not trading David Price (thanks, Dean). [SoE]
- BRaysball Talk also makes the case for keeping David Price. [BRaysball Talk]
- Bill Chastain caught up with Rocco Baldelli who is enjoying life in the front office. [MLB.com]
- Here is how one projection system projects the stats for Rays players in 2014. [Fangraphs.com]