01. Players

  • [HOT STOVE] Tampa Bay Rays Tidbits And Rumor Updates

    [HOT STOVE] Tampa Bay Rays Tidbits And Rumor Updates

    December 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm 12 comments

    Let’s use this post for minor updates on previous rumors we have heard from the winter meetings and other minor tidbits. Unless something new or substantial comes along, we will continue to update this post the rest of the day. [Update: 3:09pm] According to Ken Rosenthal the Cardinals have offered […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Rays Showing Interest In Ankiel

    [HOT STOVE] Rays Showing Interest In Ankiel

    December 10, 2008 at 11:20 am 0 comments

    Yesterday we wondered why there were not more rumors involving the Rays and the Cardinals. Now Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the Rays are one of five teams that have shown interest in Rick Ankiel. Ankiel is arbitration-eligible and will be a free agent following […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Sabathia To Sign With Yankees For $160MM

    [THE HANGOVER] Sabathia To Sign With Yankees For $160MM

    December 10, 2008 at 10:26 am 0 comments

    DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA… CC Sabathia will sign with the Yankees for seven years and $160 million. Four or five games in 2009 just got a lot harder for the Rays. [MLB Trade Rumors] The Rays are adding a second rookie-level minor league team that will play in Port Charlotte as […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Jayson Stark: Rays Still Interested In Bringing Delmon Young Back

    [HOT STOVE] Jayson Stark: Rays Still Interested In Bringing Delmon Young Back

    December 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm 5 comments

    Yesterday, Jayson Stark wrote that a source was saying the Rays would “never” take Delmon Young back. Not so fast. Today Stark is saying the talks are very much alive and might involve a third team. Stuff can change fast at the winter meetings. Contrary to what I reported Monday […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays May Be Leading Candidate To Land Milton Bradley’s .436 OBP

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays May Be Leading Candidate To Land Milton Bradley’s .436 OBP

    December 9, 2008 at 10:29 am 8 comments

    [Update: 10:05am] Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says Bradley is “in intense discussions with the Cubs.” That makes a little more sense. [9:29am] As we reported yesterday, Milton Bradley had lunch with Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon. Maddon said Bradley was “very honest, open and intense. I liked all […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Speculate Haphazardly On What It Would Take For Rays To Land Brian Giles

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Speculate Haphazardly On What It Would Take For Rays To Land Brian Giles

    December 8, 2008 at 10:56 am 7 comments

    [Update: 3:40pm] Now it looks like the Cubs and Padres have figured out how to move Peavy without a third team. Of course, the Rays could still try to work with the Padres on a deal for Giles, but this seems less likely now. [9:56am]In case you missed it late […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Rays Rumored Third Team In Peavy Deal; Possibly Targeting Giles Again

    [HOT STOVE] Rays Rumored Third Team In Peavy Deal; Possibly Targeting Giles Again

    December 8, 2008 at 12:55 am 11 comments

    John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus reports on a rumor that the Rays may be involved in the stalled Jake Peavy trade talks, with the Rays interested in landing Brian Giles. A wild rumor making the rounds is that the Rays might replace the Orioles as the third team to facilitate […]

     
  • [LOOKIN’ FOR GLOVE] Possible Explanantion For Bartlett’s Defensive Decline In 2008

    [LOOKIN’ FOR GLOVE] Possible Explanantion For Bartlett’s Defensive Decline In 2008

    December 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm 21 comments

    Earlier today Drays Bay compared Jason Bartlett’s 2008 defensive metrics to previous years and wondered why he was “not as good as perceived” prior to the season. Essentially every metric that had a crush on Bartlett prior to 2008 gave him the cold shoulder. That’s bad, namely because those same […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Silent Gerry Appears To Be Staying Put

    [THE HANGOVER] Silent Gerry Appears To Be Staying Put

    December 5, 2008 at 10:16 am 0 comments

    Back in September we heard rumblings that the Rangers might be interested in Gerry Hunsicker to be their new general manager. The feeling was that if the Rangers decided to make a change, team president Nolan Ryan, would look to Hunsicker, with whom he has worked in the past with […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Friedman Provides Some Clues To Off-Season Plans

    [HOT STOVE] Friedman Provides Some Clues To Off-Season Plans

    December 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm 4 comments

    Andrew Friedman met with the media today prior to heading to the winter meetings in Las Vegas. Marc Topkin gives us a few of the more interesting tidbits… * Their “two biggest focal points” of the off-season are improving their offense and strenghtening their bullpen. Nothing new here. * Though […]