MLB: World Series-Kansas City Royals at New York Mets

The World Series is over and the Kansas City Royals are the World Champions.

It is now time to start getting into the off-season and figuring out what the Rays’ roster will look like next season. Before that, here are a few links to get everybody caught up.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The St. Pete City Council made a new offer to the Rays that would have let the team look for stadium sites in Hillsborough County. The Rays rejected the offer. So basically we are still where we were. [ESPN]
  • Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria are Gold Glove finalists. The awards will be announced on Nov. 10. [TampaBay.com]
  • Jim Hickey signed a new 3-year contract to remain the Rays’ pitching coach. Hickey had one year remaining on his old contract. [TampaBay.com]
  • Chris Archer qualifies as a “Super-2” arbitration-eligible player (normally players are only eligible for arbitration after 3 years. A select few get bumped into that group if they are really close). Archer is already signed to a long-term contract, but there was a clause in the deal that boosts his salary each of the next four seasons, starting with a raise from $1.0 million to $2.75 million next season. [MLBTR]
  • The Rays will continue to be more aggressive at the plate. [TampaBay.com]
  • Chris Archer makes the list of famous athletes before their iconic hairstyles. [BI Sports]
  • Here is a good read on Chris Archer’s efforts with the community when he is not playing baseball. [TBO.com]
  • Matt Bush is out of jail and his agent isn’t ruling out a baseball comeback attempt. [TampaBay.com]
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  1. Gus says:

    When does the KC trade (Davis-Shields for Myers-Ordirizzi-Montgomerery) get fully declared a win for KC? When Davis holds up the trophy on Tuesday? I will say that the winter after the trade, the entire Baseball Prospectus crowd was making fun of KC, but it seems like that trade was about making a statement that winning now was important, urgency the Rays haven't had ever. The Rays seem to have ended up with two nice starters (Erasmo and Ordorizzi) and an OF who is probably a 4-A hitter, but I think I'd rather have had Davis helping anchor the Rays bullpen the last 3 years.

    I also enjoyed how old skills like making contact, moving runners over and aggressive base running (all things that got discounted and forgotten at the height of the steroid era) were featured. Also, having a catcher who isn't an idiot at the plate is a refreshing change.

    Congrats also to Zobrist. Hope he breaks the bank this year. With his cranky back I'm not sure how much he's got left in the tank, but he was nails for KC. Seems like a perfect guy for an overpaid Angels contract.

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  2. Pat says:

    I agree with Gus about the old time baseball. Keeps the game exciting, and moving forward. Nothing to induce a yawn like watching called strikes can be.

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