hangoverVia Roger Mooney, Joe Maddon speaks about the Rays catching situation:

“It is an open competition in a sense, but for me I think we have two really good catchers and I don’t know exactly how it’s going to work yet, I truly don’t…I just think we’re in a good position. I think we’re in an enviable position catcher-wise. I know they’re both going to play a like. I just don’t know how it’s going to shake.”

Mooney writes that this may be an indication that the Rays are not “as anxious to move Dioner Navarro as many believe.” If this is true, it is not typical of the way Andrew Friedman puts together a roster.

Everything the Rays do is done with a plan. The Rays don’t take a dump without knowing ahead of time, which restroom, the particular stall and how many pieces of tissue paper they will use depending on what they ate.

Sure, the Rays have had position battles in the past, but those were out of necessity…not choice. Starting the season with two catchers that can’t hit right-handed pitching is not a “plan.” It is more like giving Josh Freeman a blindfold and two footballs and hoping one hits a receiver 40 yards downfield.

The Rays may be willing to enter the season with Kelly Shoppach and Navarro as the catchers. But Plan A would still seem to be trading Navarro.


  • The Rays face a deadline tomorrow to avoid arbitration with their four remaining arb-eligible players (Jason Bartlett, Matt Garza, JP Howell, BJ Upton). Mark Topkin looks at how much each might make in 2010 (you can see our predictions HERE)…In the same piece we learn that Tim Beckham showed up at last week’s instructional camp at The Trop 10 pounds lighter and “firmed up.” [St. Pete Times]
  • Tim Beckham spoke with the Tampa Tribune about his future and the pace at which the Rays will promote him. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Marc Topkin writes that the Rays are still looking to add depth in the middle infield and the bullpen…Most likely, the depth the Rays are seeking will be at the triple-A level. Players that could step in if a big leaguer is injured. [St. Pete Times]
  • Minor League Ball has their annual list of the Rays top 20 prospects and they have a lot of nice things to say about the system. [Minor League Ball]
  • Fantasy experts debate Evan Longoria versus David Wright and Mark Reynolds. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Diamond Cutter put together a list of the Rays top 5 prospects. [Diamond Cutter]
  • RotoTimes looks at why Ben Zobrist might not be able to duplicate his 2009 campaign. [RotoTimes]
  • Fangraphs looks back at the Rays last four drafts. [Fangraphs]
  • The Rays signed a 16-year old left-handed pitcher from the Czech Republic. [Mister Baseball]




  1. Joel says:

    I'd hate to be that guy, but it's the Czech Republic, not Czechoslovakia. The scary part is that it was already the Czech Republic when that pitcher was born, and I totally remember it both ways. Eastern European instability makes me feel old.

  2. Beth says:

    Re: best-laid plans....yes, the Rays always have a long term plan in mind, but would we know if their plan had been foiled? Maybe they got Shoppach thinking they had a taker for Navarro, but that fell through.

  3. Don says:

    Rays blew the catcher situation when they lost Zaun for $2mil.
    Now they are stuck with the two non-hitting twins....and don't say they have a plan..... look what they did in right field for almost 2 years with the Gabe and Gabe act....


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