• Rocco Baldelli has filed for free agency. [MLB]
  • Joe Maddon will be getting married on Saturday. [MLB]
  • Eric Hinske has filed for free agency. [MLB]
  • MLB Trade Rumors has posted their annual “offseason lookout” for the Rays, taking a look at the ’09 roster and payroll commitments. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • The Rays have already held meetings in preparation for the offseason and Andrew Friedman is now in California for the general manager’s meetings. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Rise of the Rays takes a look at many of the options the Rays could choose to bring in to play right field or fill a role in the bullpen. [Rise of the Rays]
  • MLB Trade Rumors has updated their list of 2009 free agents to reflect Type A and Type B free agents. Since the Rays finished in the top-half of the league in terms of final record, they would have to surrender their first round pick to another team should they decide to sign a Type A free agent. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • Rocco Baldelli addressed his free agency and said that he is “very comfortable” playing with the Rays and sounded like a person that wants to return to the organization in 2009. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Expect to see a lot of stories like this one: “Baldelli Makes Perfect Sense for the Red Sox”…While the Rays and the Rocco Baldelli will try to work on a deal for 2009 and beyond, there is some sentiment that the Rays will only offer a minor league deal. We are not so sure. We think it is actually more likely that Rocco signs an incentive-laden major league deal. Baldelli is appreciated in a Rays uniform and the team and the fans believe in him and know what he can do. We have a feeling that Rocco needs that. And while he is a native New Englander, Baldelli could very easily get lost in the shuffle on the Red Sox bench. [Baseball Talk]
  • David Chalk of Bugs and Cranks answers some fan mail. Hilarity ensues. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • Joe Smith talks to Joe Maddon on his reflections from the season and the World Series and the criticism he has received concerning the use of his bullpen in game 5. [St. Pete Times]
  • The Bradenton Herald remembers many of the great moments from 2008 and wonders if it will ever be that great again. [Bradenton Herald]
  • Rays Digest takes a look at how the Rays fared in the “Fielding Bible Awards.” Carl Crawford was the only winner from the Rays but several others received consideration. [Rays Digest]
  • Sully Baseball is not convinced the Rays are a “dynasty in the works.” There have been a lot of stories written recently built around the premise that the Rays are set up to be good for years to come, but we don’t think anybody is ready to start tossing around the “D-word”. As Rays fans we would be happy to win just one and as baseball fans we know that at best the Rays still have to share the AL East with the Red Sox and Yankees. [Sully Baseball]
  • John Romano takes a look at how tough it will be for the Rays to repeat in 2009. [St. Pete Times]
  • To address a point raised after the World Series, Tom Foley did waive Jason Bartlett home in the 7th inning of game 5. The Fox TV broadcast never showed a replay with Foley and the announcers never addressed the issue. The Rays radio broadcast indicated that Bartlett ran through a stop sign. [St. Pete Times]
  • Rays Prospects has an update on the happenings in the AFL. [Rays Prospects]


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