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Andrew Friedman has put his area home up for sale for $2.35 million. He apparently paid $1.75 million in 2010, so that would be a nice little profit.

As for the house, check out that pool! And you can see Friedman’s office below which includes some champagne bottles among other Rays memorabilia. More photos can be seen at this link.

What you need to know

  • Kevin Kiermaier is one of three finalists for the Gold Glove in right field. Nick Markakis and Kole Calhoun are the others. The award will be announced today.
  • Joe Maddon was introduced to the media yesterday as the new Cubs manager. He was his typical jovial self, full of jokes, some kinda funny and some not at all. Marc Topkin has some of his comments including the suggestion that it “time to move on” because the stadium situation is handcuffing the front office. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Rays could name their managerial candidates today. [TBO.com]
  • The Rays have picked up Ben Zobrist’s $7.5 million 2015 option, the final year on his contract. This does not guarantee that Zobrist will play for the Rays in 2015. It just guarantees that the Rays won’t lose him for nothing. Trading him is still very much an option.
  • The Rays also picked up the first of three option years on Joel Peralta’s contract. This is only mildly surprising because he was very much a Joe Maddon guy. But at $2.5 million he is still relatively cheap when it comes to guys with a lot of late-inning experience. Besides, people are becoming less and less bothered by the idea of pitchers using pine tar.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, Jerry Sands and Vince Belnome have been designated for assignment. Sands was on the 60-day DL which meant he either needed to be added to the 40-man roster or cut. He was cut. Belnome was cut to make room for Matt Moore who was also on the 60-day DL and needed to be added to the 40-man roster.
  • In addition, Kelly Nash has left her position as Sun Sports’ in-game master of what is going on in social media as well as host of Rays’ specials on Sun. She appears to be seeking a job with another team that will include more baseball-related sideline reports, which was unavailable with Sun due to the presence of Todd Kalas. Like Joe Maddon, I’m guessing Nash at least has a sense that somebody else wants her or else why leave? [TampaBay.com]
  • There is still a lot of revenue imbalance in MLB. Blame Bud Selig, not the Tampa Bay market. [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • Was the David Price trade, a trade many argued was the worst of the Andrew Friedman era, just a move to devalue the Rays franchise and set up a move to Montreal? [BRaysballTalk]

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  1. mep says:

    Hope that KK will win tonight. Now we need to have Charlie Montoyo as our Rays manager. He is able to turn green kids in to MLB players. He truly has the Midas touch. Durham Dulls won another Milb award for the stadium and team. Bulls have their highest attendance since 2007. Go Bulls

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  2. Woodrow744 says:

    In a hastily called press conference, Matt Silverman announced that the team has bought a Ouija Board to assume managerial duties starting in 2015. "We feel this is the best option for us moving forward" Silverman explained later by phone. "The board allows us to channel some of the best dead managers from the games' past and fits our cost structure as well. For $37.50 we can get answers from Durocher, Mack, Stengel, and LaRussa." When told that Tony LaRussa is alive and well, Silverman replied "Well….we all go sometime and Tony isn't looking too well these days. This way, we'll be ready for his expertise when he……crosses over." Silverman explained that the Ouija board was more cost effective than hiring one of the television mediums like John Edward. "With the addition of Mr. Ouija, we can have an intern ask questions like 'do we stay with Peralta or bring in Balfour?' I think Casey Stengel can answer that question….in fact he's dying to help us out. For free."
    When asked if the lingering rumors of a team move to Canada were true, the new GM said "Let me go ask Mr. Ouija and I'll get back to you on that."

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  3. Gus says:

    Although it was clearly tampering (how else could his agent say the day he left TB that Joe would likley be managing in 2015 when all openings had been filled?), I'm glad the Maddon presser is over and Rays nation can focus on the task ahead: Winning the 2015 World Series, something that is clearly within their reach.

    We'll never know how much players like Molina, S-Rod, DeJesus and Escobar were pets of Maddon, of Andrew or both, but I think this give the front office two trading partners for such "pet" players now and in the future, and gives the Rays a chance to clean house a little bit.

    With that starting rotation, there is no reason why the Rays can't win the World Series, but they need the right manager. Is it another eternal optimist like Maddon? Or is it somebody 180 degrees from Joe, somebody who demands accountability and can bring what is now (at least) a veteran club across the finish line? A Billy Martin to Maddon's "Bob Lemon"? Somebody who can get into Will Myers orbit (clearly Maddon wasn't helping him develop).

    I guess I'd like to see a little more of a hard line guy. But whoever they hire, we need Sternberg and Silverman to have some chutzpah and some cajones and give the fan base some optimism when they bring on the new skipper. It is OK to be miffed at Maddon. He ditched us for the money and the bright lights of Chicago. Good luck to him when he turns into Lee Elia is 3 years and is bitching about playing 90% day games with a bunch of hungover propsects on his roster. But Tampa Bay is a pretty great place to be a ballplayer, to be in management and to be a fan. Somebody needs to stand up and say that.

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    • Rob says:

      I agree - it's time to move on and focus on next season.

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    • OriginalTom says:

      "We'll never know how much players like Molina, S-Rod, DeJesus and Escobar were pets of Maddon, of Andrew or both, but I think this give the front office two trading partners for such "pet" players now and in the future, and gives the Rays a chance to clean house a little bit."

      People said Peralta was one of Maddon's pets and the Rays just picked up his option. I do not think declaring players "pets" of Maddon or Andrew adds to the conversation. Many people had input into roster construction.

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      • Gus says:

        If you don't think Andrew and Maddon had final say on a few players in the roster construction process, then I don't think you were listening to what those guys have said or what Topkin wrote. DeJesus, as a I recall, had been Friedman's "white whale". S-Rod and Maddon had a particularly close bond. These are guys who aren't helpful on a cost-benefit analysis to the new manager, but might end up in an LA or Chicago at some point. Picking up Perlata's option might be the first step to trading Peralta.

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        • OriginalTom says:

          "DeJesus, as a I recall, had been Friedman's "white whale". S-Rod and Maddon had a particularly close bond. These are guys who aren't helpful on a cost-benefit analysis"

          Maddon and Srod may have had a tight bond and Friedman ma have liked DeJesus (though white whale is a bit of a stretch) but the reason they are on the roster is because they are useful players who are inexpensive. Lets compare Srod/DeJesus to 2 players the Rays let walk:

          Player PA R HR RBI Avg OBP SA WAR Salary
          Srod/DDJ 536 54 18 60 .230/.301/.423 .9 5.72M
          BJ 580 67 12 35 .208/.287/.333 -.3 13.45M
          CC 370 56 8 46 .300/.339/.429 2.4 20.25

          Srod and Dejesus hold up well against many players (Match them up against Jeter, Soriano, and Ichiro of the Yanks). Both players would be useful to many teams.

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