01. Players

  • Law: Rays’ Farm System Second Best

    January 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

    Earlier this week we saw that the Rays fell out of the top spot in Baseball America’s ranking of the minor league systems. Like BA, Keith Law of ESPN has the Texas Rangers as the top far system. Unlike BA, Law has the Rays in the top 3. In fact, […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Sorry, James Shields Is Not Cole Hamels

    [THE HANGOVER] Sorry, James Shields Is Not Cole Hamels

    January 21, 2009 at 8:00 am 0 comments

    Yesterday Tom Verducci of SI.com showed that James Shields and Cole Hamels have very similar career stats. However, Hamels was called up a little earlier giving him “Super Two” status, thus making Hamels arbitration-eligible a year earlier than Shields. Verducci argues that the Super Two status is the reason that […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir And Howell To Pitch In World Baseball Classic

    [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir And Howell To Pitch In World Baseball Classic

    January 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

    A couple of quick programming notes…We will be back later today for our weekly look at the 2009 roster lineup and payroll projections. After that we will be working on some changes around here. As a result, at some point this weekend, we will be offline for a few hours. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Upton’s Shoulder, His Dog, A Gross Contract And Beef K

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Upton’s Shoulder, His Dog, A Gross Contract And Beef K

    January 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

    BJ Upton hopes to be in the opening day lineup in Boston, but cautions that he may not join the team until they return home from their roadtrip a week later. Upton has been warned that the potentially cold weather in Boston and Baltimore opening week may cause his surgically […]

     
  • [HOT STOVE] Rays Sign Lance Cormier

    [HOT STOVE] Rays Sign Lance Cormier

    January 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm 2 comments

    Marc Topkin is reporting that the Rays have signed relief pitcher Lance Cormier to a one-year, $675K contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated Dewon Day for assignment, whom was just claimed off of waivers last week. We have updated the 40-man roster projection to reflect […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir And Howell To Pitch In World Baseball Classic

    [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir And Howell To Pitch In World Baseball Classic

    January 16, 2009 at 11:26 am 5 comments

    A couple of quick programming notes…We will be back later today for our weekly look at the 2009 roster lineup and payroll projections. After that we will be working on some changes around here. As a result, at some point this weekend, we will be offline for a few hours. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Upton’s Shoulder, His Dog, A Gross Contract And Beef K

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Upton’s Shoulder, His Dog, A Gross Contract And Beef K

    January 15, 2009 at 10:41 am 10 comments

    BJ Upton hopes to be in the opening day lineup in Boston, but cautions that he may not join the team until they return home from their roadtrip a week later. Upton has been warned that the potentially cold weather in Boston and Baltimore opening week may cause his surgically […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays To Unveil Alternate Jersey Today

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays To Unveil Alternate Jersey Today

    January 14, 2009 at 11:08 am 12 comments

    Click on image for a larger view The Tampa Bay Rays will be unveiling their new alternate jersey later today. Above is James Shields sporting the new threads (click here for The Duke wearing the new jersey). Besides the new color, the sunburst is 40% larger than on the home […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays May Have Helped Red Sox Save Money

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays May Have Helped Red Sox Save Money

    January 13, 2009 at 11:30 am 1 comment

    It was 41 years ago today that Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom Prison. So the iPod will be all Johnny Cash, all day. But if listening to too much Johnny Cash seems depressing, worry not. Today is also Rubber Duckie’s Birthday! Too much information? DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA… Rob Neyer […]

     
  • [GABE KAPLER] Rays Sign Gabe Kapler To Be Gabe Gross’ Other Half

    [GABE KAPLER] Rays Sign Gabe Kapler To Be Gabe Gross’ Other Half

    January 12, 2009 at 4:01 pm 14 comments

    Marc Topkin is reporting that the Rays have signed Gabe Kapler to a one-year, $1 million deal. The same Gabe Kapler who is the only player in major league history to tear his Achilles Heal while running the bases after a teammate’s home run. Right field is now going to […]