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The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Jose Molina. How bad was this game? The most valuable play in the game for the Rays, in terms of Win Probability Added (WPA) was Jose Molina reaching on an error in the third inning with the score still 0-0, making it first and third with no outs. The least valuable play in the game came from the very next batter when the Rays scored their only run. Sean Rodriguez grounded into a double-play. Sure it score a run, but it killed the rally. Instead of putting a crooked number on the board, the Rays only put up 1 and then scoring was over.

THE BAD: What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks?. When the history book report on this game, they should use this photo instead of Jake Odorizzi’s stat line. Four home runs. Twice the Orioles went back-to-back off Odorizzi.

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No seriously. As if Jake Odorizzi giving up back-to-back home runs twice and the Orioles hitting 5 HRs wasn’t enough, they also took a home run away from Evan Longoria and turned it into a double-play.

THE TELLING: I was a little surprised people made such a big deal about Yunel Escobar being claimed on waivers. At this time of year, teams put all of their players on waivers just to see who will clear and is eligible to be traded. That Escobar was claimed by the A’s says more about the A’s wanting Escobar than it says about the Rays wanting to get rid of Escobar…Speculation is that Ryan Hanigan could be activated today. David DeJesus likely won’t return until rosters expand on Sept. 1…A ruling on the Rays’ protest could come today.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Congrats to the Durham Bulls who clinched their 7th division title in 8 years with a win last night. [MiLB]
  • Joe Maddon assured Yunel Escobar that he won’t be traded today. [TampaBay.com]
  • This was a pretty cool end to the Little League World Series. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresMatt Andriese gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in the Bulls’ 4-2 win which clinched their 7th division title in 8 years. DH Mike Fontenot and 3B Cole Figueroa both went 3-4 and drove in a run…Montgomery won 4-3 behind Richie Shaffer’s third home run in 6 games, a 2-run shot…CF Johnny Field hit a grand slam with 1 out in the top of the 9th to erase a 1-run deficit to help the Stone Crabs to an 8-5 win…German Marquez struck out 8 nd walked none over 6 innings for Bowling Green, giving up 1 run.
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  1. Gus says:

    Cork: August is contract dumping season; the Rays did it successfully with Scott Kazmir in 2009; they had the chance to dump Escobar's contarct and blinked. They will rue that day I believe. It was a big opportunity missed for a team with a tight payroll. It can't afford aging SS who can't play (whcih is what I beleive Escobar has turned into).

    Other contracts likely on waivers: Molina, Loney, Balfour, DeJesus.

    Pretty much everything Andrew Friedman did last off-season when it came to money has turned out poorly; I appreciate the notion of going for it; just not how they went about it (Molina and the catching position especially).

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  2. edward williams says:

    from what i understand everybody is put on waivers this time of year, the fact that escobar was so upset is puzzling , he should know how this time of year works, i don't think trading him now is a smart thing, he really isn't making that much money and he really doesn't make that much money, could you see how the papers would scream about this one, payroll dump , and i would actually agree, now if they could get a good catcher than i wouldn't be to upset about it, (the front office would really care what i thought lol). I really hope that they don't trade ben zobrist in the off season, if he isn't the best player on the team than i don't know who is, longo is very inconsistent, loney i would say is right there with ben, the young guys need some more playing time. They do have to make some upgrades, so they probably will trade ben, i think he would be the one to bring back the most. Anyway GO RAYS

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    • Dave L says:

      Bringing back Zobrist for 2015 would be great for 2015. Then what happens in 2016? He is an unrestricted free agent. Two comparable players who are a couple of years older would be say Chase Utley and Jayson Werth. Maybe they have better offense and Zo has more versatility in the field.

      Those guys are $15M+ a year players. Yes they signed at a younger age. But you could see Zo producing like those guys in 2 or 3 years still.

      Zobrist could deserve a 3 to 5 year deal at $50M to $60M+ on the open market. Would you want the Rays to buy his age 34 to 37 or 38 at that?

      Maybe it will take more? I am just guessing. Does anyone else have a idea what Ben might command? What am I missing here?

      This year alone Zobrist is 4th in WAR amongst guys his age or older in all of MLB.

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