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The World Series will start on Tuesday which means, the Rays’ off-season will start to ramp up in the next week or two. In the meantime, here are some tidbits from around the interwebs.

First here are some minor leaguers who are now free agents:

  • RHP Ernesto Frieri, Durham Bulls
  • LHP Everett Teaford, Durham Bulls

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Charlie Montoyo interviewed for the Mariners manager job. [@TBTimes_Rays]
  • Rays Director of Player Personnel Matt Arnold is the new assistant GM with the Brewers. [JSOnline]
  • John Romano writes about the latest in the attempts for the Rays and St. Pete to reach a deal. [TampaBay.com]
  • Here is a breakdown of the Rays’ roster and what moves they may make this offseason. [MLBTR]
  • Chris Archer’s stint in the broadcast booth during the playoffs was well regarded. [Cut4]
  • Some are calling for the Yankees to go after Ben Zobrist this offseason. [RiverAveBlues]
  • The Rays lead MLB in replay challenges this season and had the lowest success rate. That sounds bad, but really, it just shows that they understood better than most that there is almost no cost to challenging a close play. [Make Gameday]
  • Here is a clip of Evan Longoria talking about his “inconsistent” season. [@FOXSportsFL]
  • Minor League Ball takes a closer look at Mikie Mahtook’s season and what he may be moving forward, noting he “has a broad set of skills that should make him a viable role player.” [MinorLeagueBall]
  • Here is an AP story on the Rays and their hopes for the future. [AP]

Great photo of Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi.

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  1. Gus says:

    Gabe Kapler and his muscular physique coming soon to a dugout near you, Dodger fans. Can't wait to see what the post-game buffet looks like -- kale and green juice all around.

    Wonder if that is step 1 in the David Price recruitment? (Or step 1 in going after Longo?) (I have no idea if those guys think he's a crackpot or if they like him; but the certainly know him.)

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  2. Jim says:

    Please sell this team. Stu is balking at a paltry $5 million a year, for 7 years, to get a brand new $600 million stadium that he won't have to pay for. Are you kidding? Let's put this in baseball terms, what's the difference between a $75 million payroll vs $70 million? We dumped over half of the total in Balfour and Bell, it's chump change for you and your partners.

    This ownership could care less about tickets sold in the Trop, it's the only way they can justify "threatening" for a new stadium. Now they've been granted permission to look, they're balking at not being able to walk away for nothing. Screw you Stu. Have fun watching YOUR play in the World Series.

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  3. Ken J says:

    It must be nice for Stu to watch his favorite Mets play in the world series and think :"W ow this could be my team if I wanted to spend the money !

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  4. Gus says:

    I do think the St. Pete City Council made a huge mistake letting the Rays get out so cheaply, but this approach does put it squarely on the shoulders of the penny pinching management (Kevin Jepsen, rest in peace my friend) and will let the rest of the baseball world know what all of us in Rays Nation already know: these guys aren't dealing in good faith, they don't market the tickets and the team in good faith, and they've been trying to weasel their way out of a contract they bought with their eyes wide open for the past 10 years.

    Good to see @robneyer noticing how cheap media darling Sternberg really is (and he too still thinks the attendance woes are some great mystery that have not been manipulated by ownership). Hope the rest of the baseball media honks follow suit.

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  5. edward says:

    If the rays agree to this deal , than in my opinion we can kiss the payroll goodbye, it will go back to the 2008 payroll, which was in the 40 million range. Now i know what happened in 2008 but really since than they have been complaining constantly. I really wish the media in this town would stop sucking up to stu and start asking the tough questions, instead of always blaming it on the fans. I do have a question though, why should the rays have to pay to look in Pinellas county, isn't st pete part of Pinellas county the last time i was there it was , lol. Oh well it looks like there won't be any free agents coming this way for awhile.

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  6. Starmand says:

    From the looks of the postseason, there are quite a few teams that will be looking for SPs and Relievers. And also 1B help.

    From the looks of the Rays' ro$ter, will be glad to oblige.

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  7. Brent says:

    Hey Cork, nice article on ole' Zobrilla (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/one-most-valuable-players-world-191248952.html)...

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